IRGC captures  ship in Persian Gulf carrying over 50K liters of fuel

According to a senior member of the Iranian judiciary, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy seized a tanker ship in the Persian Gulf that was transporting thousands of gallons of illegal petroleum and detained the whole crew.

Iran (IMNA) - The fourth naval zone of the IRGC sent soldiers to the Persian Gulf to take the ship as part of operations to find and combat organized smuggling, according to Mojtaba Ghahramani, head of the Justice Department in the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan.

Smuggled fuel totaling more than 50,000 liters was on board the ship.

Without mentioning the country of the ship that was seized, Ghahramani continued by saying that four people had been detained in connection with the smuggling.

He emphasized that the cargo on the ship was confiscated on court order and given to the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) to be processed, adding that all individuals engaged in the crime will face prosecution.

Ghahramani said that Iranian courts support returning ships carrying illegal fuel to the hands of the government.

On July 7, the IRGC discovered a tanker ship in the Persian Gulf with hundreds of liters of illegal petroleum on board.

At the time, the 900 tons of gasoline that had been sneaked off the ship had been taken by the IRGC's naval soldiers, who also detained all 12 of the crew members.

There were no more reports on the ship's identity or the nationalities of its crew.

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