Over 700kg of Narcotics Seized at Southeastern Border
TEHRAN (FNA)- More than 700 kilograms of illicit drugs were confiscated on the borders of Saravan County, Sistan and Balouchestan Border Guards Commander Brigadier General Mohammad Mollashahi said.
Mollashahi said on Tuesday that more than 700 kilograms of various kinds of illegal drugs have been seized during an operation on the borders of Saravan County.
“The border guards gathered intelligence on the activities of a drug band at the Delavar border and found out that the smugglers had intended to transfer the cargo to the Central regions of country,” he added.
"Border guards seized a vehicle carrying drugs and discovered 737 kilograms of various drugs, including 433 kilograms of glass, 177 kilograms of heroin, and 127 kilograms of opium," the commander said.
In relevant operations in recent days, police confiscated 1,400 kilograms of narcotics in the Eastern province of South Khorassan, provincial police commander Colonel Nasser Farshid said on Monday, adding that 14 smugglers were also arrested.
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 21 years ago.