Drug trafficking gangs are undercutting the crystal meth market in Thailand by selling the drug at a cheaper price then the Myanmar drug traffickers. Police report that traffickers from Iran are selling a kilogram of crystal meth in Thailand for $26,000 (800,000 Thai Baht), undercutting the Myanmar traffickers, who sell a kilogram of crystal meth for $81,000 (2.5 Million Thai Baht).
Authorities in Malaysia arrest 228 drug traffickers from Iran who were smuggling methamphetamine between 2009 and 2010.
In the first 9 months of 2011, authorities in Malaysia arrested 601 foreign nationals for drug trafficking activities within the country. Citizens from Iran and Nigeria were the countries where most of the citizens who were arrested came from.
Fruit smuggling into Iran is costing farmers in Pakistan up to $40 Million a year in lost revenue. Exports of the citrus fruit kinnow has dropped from previous levels of 2,000 containers to only 200 containers in recent years.
In the first five months of the 2011-2012 fiscal year in Iran, 1,534 drug traffickers and dealers were arrested, according to government reports.
42 percent of all cigarettes smoked in Iran was provided through the black market. With 60 billion cigarettes smoked each year in the country, 25.2 billion cigarettes were purchased on the black market.
The buying and selling of dogs for domestic pets is illegal in Iran. With the rise of Western television programing, more and more Iranians are purchasing dogs as pets. The demand has created a black market, with the price of a puppies selling between $500 to $10,000.
89 percent of the world’s opium seizures in 2010 took place in Iran due to its location next to Afghanistan.
According to the United Nations Office on Crime and Drugs, the opiate market in Iran is worth $3 Billion a year. The majority of the revenue from heroin trafficking goes to organized crime groups within the country.
In its fiscal year of 2010 to 2011, Iranian authorities seized 130 tons of drugs on the country’s borders.During the operations, 30 border guards were killed by drug smugglers.