Over 1 Ton of Opium Seized in 2 Operations in Southern Province
TEHRAN (FNA)- Anti-narcotics police of Kerman province, South of Iran, seized 1,340 kilograms of narcotics during two separate operations on Thursday, according to Police Commander of the province Brigadier General Abodlreza Nazeri.
General Nazeri said that comprehensive intelligence activities of the police forces of the province led to the seizure of 683 kg of opium in Jazmurian region, adding that one smuggler was also arrested in the operation.
“In another operation, police have confiscated 657 kg of opium in Kerman region,” he went on to say.
Nazeri further said that the smugglers in Kerman fled to the highlands of the region using the darkness of the night.
In a similar operation, Deputy Police Commander of the province Brigadier General Ahmad Taheri said on Tuesday that the anti-narcotics forces succeeded to bust 1,150 kilograms of opium in Iranshahr County.
The Iranian anti-narcotics 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.