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News number: 9102110088

12:38 | 2012-05-01

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Iran's War on Narcotics:

Police Seize 1 Ton of Opium in Eastern City in 24 Hours

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Law Enforcement police squads have seized two huge cargos of narcotics in the city of Nahbandan, one of the main cities of Iran's Eastern province of South Khorassan, in the last 24 hours, a provincial police commander announced on Tuesday.



South Khorassan's Police Chief General Ahmad Ali Goudarzi said that the two drug cargos included a total volume of 1,000 kg of opium.

Goudarzi added that police forces have also arrested five individuals in relation to the two seized cargos.

The commander further announced that the Law Enforcement Police forces have discovered and seized 3.2 tons of narcotics in the province since the beginning of the current Iranian year (March 20).

He added that police had also seized 30 tons of different types of narcotics in South Khorassan last year, adding that the figure shows a 13% increase compared with the same period a year before.

Eastern Iran borders Afghanistan, which is the world's number one opium and drug producer. Iran's geographical position has made the country a favorite transit corridor for drug traffickers who intend to smuggle their cargoes from Afghanistan to drug dealers in Europe.

Iran leads international efforts in fighting drug networks and narcotic traffickers. 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.

The United Nations credits Iran with the seizure of 89 percent of the opium netted around the world.