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News number: 8808111749

19:26 | 2009-11-02

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Police Seize 1000 kg of Smuggled Drugs in Tehran

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Law-Enforcement troops of Tehran province have seized 1000 kg of illicit drugs in ten days, a provincial police commander announced on Monday.



"Thanks to the efforts made by the security forces, 1 ton of illicit drugs, including opium, hashish and heroin have been discovered and seized during the last 10 days," the Law-Enforcement Commander of Tehran's Police General Ali Reza Akbarshahi told reporters.

He noted that the police forces have been able to seize 15 tons of illicit drugs during the last 7 months since the beginning of the current Iranian year (started on March 20).

Akbarshahi added that seizure of illicit drugs by the Iranian police forces has undergone a 50% growth.

The commander stated that the police have disbanded 66 gangs and arrested 912 drug traffickers during the last 7 months.

Iran alone makes 85 percent of the world's total opium seizures.

During the past Iranian year (ended on March 20,) Iran seized more than 1,000 tons of opium smuggled from Afghanistan, the largest producer of opium poppy in the world.

The crackdown has cost Iran more than 600 million dollars over the past two years. Strategies pursued by Tehran include digging canals, building barriers and installing barbed wire to seal the country's borders, specially in the East.