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16:07 | 2012-05-07


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Minister: War on Drug Lords Top on Iran's Agenda

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran has intensified combat against drug lords and mafias, announced Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, who is also the head of the country's Drug Campaign Headquarters.

Addressing a periodic meeting of Iran's Drug Campaign Headquarters here in Tehran on Monday, Mohammad Najjar elaborated on Tehran's measures in the battle against drug-trafficking in the current year.

"Intensifying campaign against the main agents and heads of drug-trafficking networks and transit of narcotics and hallucinating drugs, waging effective campaign against Crystal (methamphetamine) production and smuggling networks, intensifying control over border crossings and bottlenecks, increasing border control to decrease drug trafficking into the country, campaigning against money laundering and drug money in the country and in the region …are part of the measures taken for combating the supply" of narcotics, Mohammad Najjar stated.

Noting the other measures being taken by Iran in the battle on drugs this year, he said Tehran will continue playing its effective role in regional and international decision-makings against narcotics.

He added that boosting and bolstering diplomatic ties with the neighboring states, specially Arab and Islamic countries, with regard to campaign against drug-trafficking are among the other measures taken by his headquarters.

Iran lies on a transit corridor between opium producing Afghanistan and drug dealers in Europe, but the Islamic Republic has emerged as the leading country fighting drug trafficking after making 89 percent of the world's total opium seizures.

Yet, the anti-drug squads of the Iranian Law Enforcement Police have intensified their countrywide campaign against drug-trafficking through staging long-term systematic operations in recent months.

The Iranian anti-narcotic police have always staged periodic, but short-term, 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 the beginning of the last Iranian year (started on March 21, 2010).

According to official estimates, Iran's battle against drugs cost the country around $1 billion annually. Strategies pursued by Tehran include digging canals, building barriers and installing barbed wire to seal the country's borders, specially in the East.