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News number: 9104252773

15:19 | 2012-08-04

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Iran's War on Narcotics:

Iranian Police Intercept Large Volume of Narcotics at Southeastern Border

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's border guard units discovered several tons of narcotics in the country's Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan, a senior provincial police chief announced on Saturday.



Commander of Sistan and Balouchestan's Border Guard Forces Gholam Nabi Kohkan said police forces at the border region of Nagor and Jakigor started massive operations to exercise tight control over the border regions after they received tips about traffickers' intention for smuggling a huge drug cargo into Iran.

He described his forces' operation as fully successful, and said they seized over 5,058kg of different types of narcotics, including over 4,435kg of opium, 572kg of hashish and 51.4kg of morphine.

Iran is on a crossroad of international drug transit route linking the world drug hub, Afghanistan, to the Persian Gulf and European countries.

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.