536 Tons of Illicit Drugs Seized in Iran in 6 Months
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian police confiscated nearly 536 tons of various types of narcotics during the first half of the current year (March 20-September 21), Commander of Iran’s Anti-Narcotics Police Brigadier General Majid Karimi said on Monday.
“Iran’s anti-narcotics forces busted about 536 tons of different types of illegal drugs in the first 6 months of the current year,” Karimi said, adding that the figure indicates a 39% increase compared with the same period last year.
Commander of Iran’s Anti-Narcotics Police Brigadier General Majid Karimi
He noted that over 167,000 smugglers, distributers and drug addicts have also been arrested and handed over to the judiciary during the mentioned period.
The Iranian anti-narcotic police have always staged periodic operations against drug traffickers and dealers, but the latest reports - which among others indicate an improved and systematic dissemination of information - reveal that the world's most forefront and dedicated anti-narcotic force (as UN drug-campaign assessments put it) has embarked on a long-term countrywide plan to crack down on the drug trade since several years ago.
Iran is in the forefront of the fight against drug trafficking and thousands of Iranian police forces have been so far martyred to protect the world from the danger of drugs.
The Iranian police officials maintain that drug production in Afghanistan has undergone a 40-fold increase since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.
Afghan and western officials blame Washington and NATO for the change, saying that allies have "overlooked" the drug problem since invading the country 19 years ago.