Over 1.1 Tons of Narcotics Seized in Southeastern Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- The anti-narcotics police confiscated more than 1.1 tons of narcotics in Saravan and Khash counties, Police chief of Sistan and Baluchistan province Brigadier General Ahmad Taheri said.
Taheri said after a series of intelligence activities, the anti-narcotics police forces of Saravan and Khash counties identified a drug-trafficking band that was trying to transfer a large drug cargo to the central regions of the country, adding that the police confiscated 1.114 tons of illicit drugs, including 855 kg of opium and 259 kg of hashish.
He went on to say that during the clashes, three smugglers were arrested while the rest of them escaped.
Taheri said that two vehicles and one motorcycle were also captured in the operation.
Back in early January, General Taheri said that 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 were identified and dismantled.
He continued that the police forces seized 1,716 kilograms of opium and captured some weapons and ammunition from the first band.
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.