Over 2 Tons of Opium Seized in Southeastern Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Police in Sistan and Balouchestan province, Southeastern Iran, confiscated over two tons of narcotics in two operations, provincial Police Chief Brigadier General Ahmad Taheri said on Saturday.
“After intelligence activities of the police forces of Saravan and Mehrestan counties, two drug-trafficking bands which were planning to transfer two large hauls of narcotics to the center of the country was identified and dismantled,” Taheri said on Saturday.
He continued that the police forces seized 1,716 kilograms of opium and captured some weapons and ammunition from the first band.
“Two smugglers have been arrested in this regard,” he said.
Brigadier General Ahmad Taheri
Taheri went on to say that in the second operation, the police arrested two smugglers and seized 377 kg of opium and some weapons.
In relevant remarks last week, Brigadier General Taheri said that approximately 2.5 tons of various kinds of illicit drugs in four separate operations in the province.
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.