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US Says Iranian General Instrumental In Afghanistan Drug Traffic

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(RFE/RL) — The United States has named a general in Iran’s elite Al-Quds force as a key figure in trafficking heroin from Afghanistan.

The U.S. Treasury designated General Gholamreza Baghbani, who runs the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force office in Zahedan, near the Afghan border, as a narcotics “kingpin.”

Baghbani is accused of aiding Afghan drug runners in moving opiates into and through Iran, as well helping send weapons to the Taliban.

The Treasury said in a statement that “U.S. persons are prohibited from conducting financial or commercial transactions with General Baghbani, and any assets he may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.”

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