Using the country’s resources and the wealth it steals from the people, the regime has established an international smuggling system for weapons and narcotics trafficking, according to the reports of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran). Major parties under the control of Iranian regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei have dedicated a portion of their time to controlling the smuggling network in this system.
In truth, Khamenei’s regional initiatives are mostly financed by the money his dictatorship receives from narcotics trafficking. It also uses the same weapons and explosives network to help regime-controlled proxy organizations.
According to a report published by WikiLeaks from the US Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Iranian dictatorship is the world’s largest drug trafficker.
In 2007, more than 80% of the world’s opium and more than 28% of the world’s heroin were transited through Iran, according to a WikiLeaks analysis on the drug trafficking process in the region.
The Times disclosed the Revolutionary Guards’ complicity in drug trafficking in Iran and overseas in a report published on 17 November 2011.
According to former regime officials, members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have taken control of drug trafficking across the Islamic Republic, exploiting the multibillion-pound trade to create linkages with a global crime network and achieve its goal of undermining the West.
A shipload of heroin was discovered on 10 May by Romanian Organized Crime Police. The cargo weighed 1,452 kg and was stored among building materials in the ship’s two containers. The ship transporting the heroin shipment was heading from Iran to western Europe, according to the Romanian Organized Crime Police.
The US Treasury Department designated Brigadier General Gholamreza Baghbani, one of the Quds Force’s senior leaders, as a narcotics trafficker in March 2010 and issued an arrest warrant for him.
Evidence reveals that Gholamreza Baghbani assisted Afghan drug traffickers to carry drugs into European countries via Iran, according to a US Treasury Department statement. In turn, he utilized them to provide Taliban soldiers in Afghanistan with guns and ammunition.
The dictatorship uses its network to supply guns and ammunition to its proxy groups in Arab nations such as Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria, in addition to narcotics trafficking.
The seizure of a shipment of weapons smuggled from the Iranian regime to the Houthis in the Oman Sea on Monday, 10 May, prompted the Yemeni Minister of Information to claim that the seizure of this weapons shipment and the results of the investigation were the main reasons for the Iranian regime’s continued support for Houthi militants.
According to the Yemeni source, the Iranian regime opposes peace efforts in Yemen.
Off the coast of Somalia, the US Navy apprehended two ships transporting a significant weapons shipment bound for Yemen on 18 February.
The weapons were discovered and recovered in the Indian Ocean, according to the US Navy, which included thousands of Kalashnikov rifles, light machine guns, heavy sniper rifles, rocket launchers, and more.
These are only examples reported in the recent three months, and they represent a minor percentage of the smuggling carried out by the Iranian regime in the region.
However, they give a clear picture of the regime’s massive illegal activities, which have made it the world’s largest smuggler of death and destruction.