Police Seize Over 1 Ton of Opium in Southeastern Province
TEHRAN (FNA)- Police of the Southeastern Province of Sistan and Balouchestan confiscated over 1 ton of narcotics, local Police Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Taheri said on Saturday.
“1,011 kilograms of narcotics were confiscated and 9 smugglers were captured in an armed clash in two operations,” Taheri said.
He added that the police forces of Iranshahr and Bampour counties succeeded to dismantle a drug-trafficking bands who were planning to transfer two large hauls of illicit drugs to the Center of the country.
Police Chief of Sistan-Balouchestan Brigadier General Ahmad Taheri
“5 smugglers have been arrested during this operation,” the police commander said, adding, “The police seized 375 kg of opium in addition to some weapons and ammunition.”
Taheri went on to say that in another operation in Iranshahr county, the police arrested 4 smugglers and seized 636 kg of opium and some weapons from them.
Last week, too, Brigadier General Taheri said that the Police in Sistan and Balouchestan province had confiscated over two tons of narcotics in two operations.
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.