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News number: 9104253337

14:39 | 2012-08-08

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Iran's War on Narcotics:

Iranian Police Seize Several Tons of Narcotics in Southeastern Province

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Law Enforcement Police discovered and seized nearly 11 tons of narcotics in the country's Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan during the last 12 days of July, a senior police chief announced on Wednesday.



Commander of the Iranian Border Guard Units General Hossein Zolfaqari told FNA that the seizure came after Iranian border guards intensified their 24-hour control over border regions.

Zolfaqari said that the police measures along borders will be further intensified in the coming days.

Iran shares open borders on the West with Iraq and Turkey, on the East with Afghanistan and Pakistan, on the South with the Persian Gulf littoral states and the Sea of Oman, on the North with Armenia and Azerbaijan and the Caspian Sea, and on the North East with Turkmenistan.

Iran, located at the crossroad of international drug smuggling from Afghanistan to Europe, has taken new security measures in its border provinces following several attacks by terrorists and drug traffickers at its Eastern and Western borders.

According to the statistical figures released by the UN, Iran ranks first among the world countries in preventing entry of drugs and decreasing demand for narcotics.

Iran spends billions of dollars and has lost thousands of its police troops in the war against traffickers. The crackdown has cost Iran more than 600 million dollars over the past two years. Last year, Iran allocated over $150 million to strengthen border security and block the entry of terrorists and drug traffickers into the country.

Strategies pursued by Tehran include digging canals, building barriers and installing barbed wire to seal its borders.