Iran Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from Iran’s black market. Intelligence and security information collected from government agencies, news articles and other public data sources.

A teenager who sells crystal meth in Tehran, Iran, told the media that he sells a gram of crystal meth for about $5. Buyers of meth in Iran include many students and middle-class workers. According to the dealer, meth is more expensive than heroin in Iran, and many young people in Iran see crystal meth as “a luxury drug.” Many women have started to take crystal meth in order to lose weight and state that the methamphetamine pills are “cheaper than liposuction.”

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Government security agents in Iran reported seizing 3,500 kilograms of crystal meth in Iran in 2013, along with discovering 375 meth labs.

Security services in Iran spend up to $1 Billion a year combating drug trafficking along the border with Afghanistan. 80 percent of the executions conducted by the Iranian government are on charges related to drug trafficking.

From the time of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 to 2014, nearly 4,000 security personnel have been killed while conducting anti-narcotics operations.

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Source:  Ramita Navai, “Breaking bad in Tehran: how Iran got a taste for crystal meth,” Guardian, May 13, 2014.

The seafood and fishing industry in Pakistan loses at least $50 Million a year to tuna fish smuggling, according to the WWF-Pakistan.

Nearly 200 tons of tuna is illegally smuggled into Iran each day through the Gwadar port of Balochistan.

Yellow fin tun is sold in Pakistan for up to $2 per kilogram.

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Source:  “Smuggling of tuna fish to Iran costs $50 million yearly,” Business Recorder, May 13, 2014.

According to user submitted data, the price of sex charged by street prostitutes in Tehran, Iran is between $50 to $65.

Customers pick up the prostitutes while driving on the streets of Tehran. In general, the asking rate is $65, but the payment price is usually lowered to $50. The customer brings the prostitute back to their apartment for an hour. Some prostitutes require the customer to bring her back to  her original location.

Most of the street prostitutes in Tehran and native women in their 20s.

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Source:  User submitted data, received by Havocscope on March 4, 2014.

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Criminal justice programs in Iran show that 80 to 90 percent of all cosmetics that are imported into Iran are counterfeits. Most of the counterfeit cosmetics are manufactured in China, Thailand or Turkey, according to security experts.

Due to the high rate of fakes, dermatologists in Iran recommended their patients to only use domestic cosmetic labels. The cosmetics that are made in Iran are regulated by the government.

The market value of the cosmetics industry in Iran is around $2 Billion a year, with Iranian females between the ages of 15 to 45 accounting for one third of all cosmetics sales in the Middle East.

Source:  Mehrnaz Samimi, “Cosmetics boom in Iran,” Al-Monitor, December 17, 2013.

People smugglers operating in Australia were charging asylum seekers up to $10,000 to be smuggled into Australia, according to reports from criminal justice programs.

In 2012, police identified 278 boats that was carrying  asylum seekers and operated by people smugglers. In the first six months of 2013, nearly 196 boats were identified by police.

Data from various criminal justice programs across the country found that most of the people paying smugglers to be brought into Australia originate from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

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Source:  “Arrests over people-smuggling in Australia,” Al Jazeera, August 29, 2013.

Based on data from the criminal justice system, there are about 2 million people in Iran who are addicted to illegal drugs. In 2009, the number of drug addicts in Iran was estimated to be 1 million people.

The most poplar drugs in the country are a cheap form of heroin and home-grown crystal meth.

There were reports that drug dealers were offering classes on how to cook crystal meth at home for $70 to $100.

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Source:  “Drug addiction in Iran: The other religion,” Economist, August 17, 2013.

Between October 2001 and June 2012, the Australian Crime Commission reported that 964 people died while attempting to reach Australia for asylum purposes.

605 of the deaths occurred between October 2009 and June 2012.

A majority of the people who died who were attempting to reach Australia originated from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The number of people who have been seeking asylum by boat in Australia has been increasing each year. In 2008-2009, a reported 985 people landed in Australia. In 2009-2010, criminal justice programs reported 5,327 landings, which, dropped slightly to 4,750 in 2010-2011, and then doubled to 8,092 people in 2011-2012.

Source:  “People Smuggling Has Led To Almost 1,000 Deaths, Says Report,” Bernama, July 30, 2013.

An official with the Industry Ministry in Iran reported that up to $14 Billion worth of goods is smuggled into the country each year. If the illicit activities of the smuggling was legitimate, it would create up to 200,000 jobs in Iran.

During the 2012-2013 Iranian year, custom agents investigated 80,000 smuggling cases.

The smuggled items included fuel smuggling, household appliances and foreign currency.

Source:  “Smuggling destroys 200,000 jobs in Iran annually: official,” Tehran Times,July 9, 2013.

According to BankersAccuity, the United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control handed out 16 penalties in 2012. The office is charged with enforcing economic and trade sanctions.

In the first 5 months of 2013, the office has already issued 11 penalties. 9 of the penalties issued in 2013 involved firms violating sanctions placed on Iran.

Source:  Sanat Vallikappen, “U.S. Money Laundering Fines Seen Rising in 2013 With Iran Focus,” Bloomberg BusinessWeek, June 12, 2013.

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Security officers in Thailand arrested two men from Iran who were attempting to smuggle crystal meth pellets into the county. The two men had a total of 139 pellets filled with crystal meth that they swallowed in order to bring into Thailand. If the crystal meth was sold on the streets, officials say that the drugs would have been worth $113,000 (3.5 Million Thai Baht.)

(Additional crystal meth facts.)

The leader of the two men told police that he was to be paid between $1,943 to $2,923 (60,000 to 90,000 Thai Baht) by drug traffickers to bring in the drugs.

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Source:  “Two Iranians caught smuggling crystal meth,” Bangkok Post, June 9, 2013.