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News number: 9101141065

15:15 | 2012-04-09

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Commander: Iranian Police Seize 430 tons of Illicit Drugs in 2011

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the anti-narcotics squad of Iran's Law Enforcement Police General Ali Moayyedi announced on Monday that the country's police have seized 430 tons of illicit drugs in a year of operations (from March 2011 to March 2012).



Moayyedi made the remarks in a meeting with Director-General of Qatar's Public Security (Police Chief) Saad Bin Jassim Al Khulaifi in Tehran on Monday.

"Part of these seized drugs, mainly hashish, was being destined for the Persian Gulf states."

He also underlined the capabilities of Iran's anti-narcotics squad, and said, "As regards war on drugs, the intelligence service of the Iranian police is unique in the world."

"This is not a motto since other nations also emphasize it," Moayyedi reiterated.

Iran lies on a major drug route between Afghanistan and Europe, as well as the Persian Gulf states.

Iran has recently established a central database and strengthened police-judiciary cooperation in a new effort to combat organized crime.

Iran leads international efforts in fighting drug networks and narcotic traffickers. According to official estimates, Iran's battle against drugs cost the country around $1 billion annually.

Every year, Iran burns more than 60 tons of seized narcotics as a symbol of its determination to fight drugs.