Over 87 Tons of Narcotics Seized in 6 Months in Southeastern Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Police in Iran's Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan have confiscated more than 87 tons of illicit drugs in the first half of the current Iranian year (March 20-September 21), Deputy Police Chief of the province Brigadier General Ahmad Taheri said on Monday.
“87.2 tons of various kinds of illegal drugs were busted in the first six months of the current year,” General Taheri said.
“35 drug-trafficking bands have been dismantled in the same period,” he said, adding that 17 smugglers were killed and 61 weapons and ammunitions seized during the operations.
Deputy Police Chief of Sistan and Balouchestan Province Brigadier General Ahmad Taheri
According to Taheri, 407 vehicles were also captured and 6,798 smugglers were detained and handed to judiciary officials.
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.