Police Confiscate 483kg of Opium in Eastern Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Police forces of South Khorasan province in Eastern Iran seized 483 kilograms of opium in the city of Qayen, provincial Police Chief Brigadier General Majid Shoja said, adding that two smugglers were also arrested.
The drug haul was discovered in a car on route to the North of the country, General Shoja said on Saturday.
Two drug-traffickers have been arrested and handed over to the judicial officials, he added.
Two vehicles have also been seized in this regard, the commander said.
During a similar operation on Friday, antinarcotics police of Khorasan Razavi province, Northeast of Iran, seized 262 kilograms of opium, local police commander Brigadier General Mohammad Kazzem Taqavi said.
Iranian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to Vienna-Based International Organization Kazzem Qaribabadi said in late June that the country’s anti-narcotics campaign is not merely dependent on “fighting”, but it also includes other preventive measures.
“Iran has a balanced, intelligent approach in the field of narcotics; the country has put preventive measures and plans to raise awareness about the negative impacts of drug abuse high on its agenda in a bid to reduce the demand for narcotics in the society,” Qaribabadi wrote on his Instagram page on June 26 on the occasion of ‘International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’, which is marked on June 26 every year.
“In this vein, more than 1.6 individuals were referred to over 9,000 healthcare centers in the country in the past Iranian year (ended March 19),” he added.
The diplomat stressed that last year, 30 Iranian forces were martyred in 2,319 operations against drug trafficking.
Iran’s forces also disbanded over 1,886 drug-trafficking gangs in the past year and seized over 950 tons of various drugs from them, he added.
Tehran has always called for global assistance in these operations, Qaribabadi underlined, noting that others, especially European governments, should take responsibility and play a positive role in this fight or face its threats.