First off, it is truly embarrassing to see fellow countrymen (Iranian nationals) smuggling opium into Canada. They give all of us a bad name and reputation. Secondly, I think it is just absolutely hilarious that the law enforcement officials in Canada came up with the name 'Project Khiar' for their drug busting operation. Very clever!
It is widely known/believed that drug markets inside of Iran are run by the regime as a way of curbing the youth's energy and reducing the masses to bunch of drug addicts so they won't be able to rise against the mullahs. I know this sounds a bit off the mark, however that will be somewhat interesting to investigate any possible links these alleged criminals might have with the current government of Iran.
During the press conference in Toronto a police officer said that the smuggling was done by "a very sophisticated criminal organization." The whole things sounds fishy to me. Of course, we won't probably know the full extent of the investigation and the conclusions any time soon. It may not even be sanctioned by the Iranian regime, but it is a question I considered to ask. It will be really interesting to investigate any possible links the suspects might have had with the Iranian regime in the past. Were any money sent back to Iran? If yes, to whom and how and how much? How did they ship these items through IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps) controlled sea ports? As we know, air and sea ports in Iran are run and monitored very closely by the revolutionary guards. For a regime that constantly claims to be combating drug trafficking this must be embarrassing to see that its ports were used to smuggle drugs to N. America. And 20 million US dollars is a lot of money for a cash strapped regime that is suffering under sanctions.
At this day and age, nothing should be ignored or be off the mark in my opinion. I'd really be curious to figure out what these suspects have been up to for the past few years. Nothing crazy or conspiratorial but my usual 2 cents!