Crystal meth and crowded jails: problems mount in Iraqi oil city

Iraqi suspects who were arrested for drug-related crimes sit on the floor in a cell inside a police station in Basra, Iraq February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) – The southern Iraqi city of Basra is struggling to cope with a growing drug problem that has overcrowded prisons and strained police resources, only months after violent protests over poor municipal services. Basra’s prison system is clogged up and creaking. On a recent day in one police station, Reuters reporters saw […]

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