Hormozgan (IP) - Iran’s coast guard has identified and dismantled a major network for smuggling fuel in the country's southern maritime borders.

Iran Press/Iran news: A vessel, carrying nearly 283,900 liters of diesel was sized in the east of Strait of Hormuz during this operation, the Maritime Commander of Hormozgan province Hossein Dahaki said on Saturday.

12 crew members from the Philippines detained, Dahaki added according to Iran Press.

“Smuggling has destructive consequences on Iran’s economy and it requires a firm stance against organized networks smuggling currency, goods and especially fuel," he noted.

The cheap prices of fuel in Iran has motivated traffickers to siphon it out of the country. 101/211

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