Over 1.5 Tons of Opium, Hashish Seized in Southeastern Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Police forces of Sistan and Balouchestan province confiscated 1.735 tons of illicit drugs on the Southeastern borders, Commander of Iran's Border Guards Brigadier General Ahmad Ali Goudarzi said on Saturday.
“The Police gathered intelligence on the activities of a drug band at Mirjaveh border region and found out that the smugglers had plans to transfer the narcotics to the Central and Northern parts of the country,” General Goudarzi said.
Commander of Iran's Border Guards Brigadier General Ahmad Ali Goudarzi
“During the operation, the police forces seized 1,604 kilograms of opium and 131 kilograms of hashish and captured some weapons and ammunition,” he added.
Last week, Police Commander of the Southern province of Hormozgan Brigadier General Gholamreza Jafari said that the provincial anti-narcotics forces had confiscated 1.7 tons of illicit drugs in a single operation.
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.