6 Drug-Trafficking Gangs Dismantled in Tehran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Anti-narcotics police destroyed six drug bands in Tehran and seized over 2 tons of various drugs from them, Tehran Police Chief Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi said on Tuesday.
“Anti-narcotics police have succeeded to disband 6 drug-smuggling gangs in Tehran and arrested 74 smugglers and 1,315 dealers during intelligence operations,” Rahimi said.
He added that 76 vehicles and motorcycles were confiscated by the police during the operations.
Tehran Police Chief Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi
The police commander further said that around 2 tons of different drugs have been seized, too.
In a similar operation on Sunday, anti-narcotics police of Sistan and Balouchestan province confiscated over 2.4 tons of illegal drugs in Iranshahr County, according to the provincial Police Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Taheri.
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.