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Heroin Smuggling

Volume 977: debated on Thursday 31 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iranians have been arrested for heroin smuggling in the last available 12-month period; what percentage of the total heroin seized has come from Iranian sources in the same period; and how these figures compare with previous years.

The information available relates to persons arrested and dealt with. In 1978, nine Iranian nationals were dealt with by the courts in the United Kingdom for offences of smuggling heroin; the corresponding numbers for earlier years were three in 1977, four in 1976 and nil in the three previous years. It is not possible to identify the proportion of herion seized that comes from Iranian sources.