Iran seizes 550,000 liters of fuel from smuggled ships

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TEHRAN — The commander of border guards in Iran’s southern province of Hormozgan on Tuesday announced the seizure of a ship on which 550,000 liters of fuel were smuggled.

Colonel Hossein Dahki said in a press statement: “During an operation in the protected area, border guards from the Bandar Langeh naval base, in cooperation with border guards in Bushehr province, managed to detect a ship transporting smuggled fuel in the east of Maru island.”

“During the inspection of the ship, border guards were able to find 550,000 liters of smuggled diesel and arrested seven smugglers in connection with this,” he said, adding that plans are underway to combat smuggling of fuel and goods, and to clean up pollutants and criminal areas and fight smugglers across the border strip in the Southern Coast Province.

In April, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy said it had detained a number of fuel-smuggling vessels in southeastern and southern Iran.

The commander of the IRGC Navy’s Imam Ali base in Chabahar said his forces had seized three shipments of contraband fuel totaling 150,000 liters, Tasnim reported.

Captain Mohammad Nozari said the ships had been plotted to smuggle the fuel to a neighboring country, adding that everyone involved in the crime, including Iranian and foreign nationals, had been arrested.

Meanwhile, Colonel Gholamhossein Hosseini, head of the IRGC Navy’s second field media office, told Fars News that IRGC forces had seized a foreign vessel carrying 200,000 liters of contraband fuel in the north of the Persian Gulf.

The colonel said eight of the ship’s crew were turned over to law enforcement officials in Bushehr.

“The fight against smuggling, particularly fuel smuggling, is one of the key priorities of the IRGC Navy, which is being pursued to support national production and the dynamism of the country’s economy,” he said.

Colonel Hosseini warned that the waters of the Persian Gulf were not safe for smugglers.

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