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Iran hangs three 'international' drug smugglers

Tehran, Sept 7, IRNA -- Three key elements of 'an international drug smuggling network known as Nicosia' were hanged at dawn Tuesday, Tehran revolutionary court said.

The execution was carried out at the Raja'ie prison in the city of Karaj, west of Tehran, after Iran's Supreme Court upheld their death sentence, it said.

Members of the gang, including those hanged which the court identified as Kayvan Razzaqi, Kamran Razzaqi and Amin Jannati-Tabar, were involved in narcotic drugs trade 'on a broad scale' in Iran as well as Pakistan, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Canada, US and Colombia.

"They were involved in shipping drugs from Afghanistan into Iran, where they distributed some of them in the cities across the country and transferred the remainder to other Asian, European and American countries through Nicosia," the court's public relations office said.

It said the network mostly smuggled heroin and cocaine.

Iran straddles major international transit routes of drugs from Afghanistan and Pakistan, better known as the 'Golden Crescent', on their way to lucrative markets in Europe, the Persian Gulf and Central Asia.

The country accounts for 80 percent of the opium and 90 percent of the morphine intercepted worldwide, according to the International Narcotics Control Board.

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