The Maritime Commander of Hormozgan province Hossein Dahaki said on Sat. that through extensive operations carried out by the maritime guards, a foreign fuel trafficking band that carried fuel to neighboring countries by vessels is dismantled in Sirik County, Hormozgan.
A tugboat and 283,900 liter diesel fuel have been seized during the operation, he added.
Twelve Philippines have been arrested and handed over to the judicial officials, the commander mentioned.
Naval unit of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) seized a foreign tanker smuggling 700,000 liters of fuel, in an area near Farsi Island- a tiny, barren Iranian island in the Persian Gulf in August, as well as detaining a foreign ship smuggling one million liters of fuel, in the south of the Iranian southern Larak Island in July.
In early March, intelligence forces of the IRGC also dismantled a major fuel smuggling circle, seizing more than 10 million liters of fuel.