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News number: 9102110795

11:33 | 2012-05-06

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Iran's War on Narcotics:

Iranian Police Seize Several Tons of Narcotics in Eastern Province

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's drug combat squads seized 30 tons of narcotics in the Eastern province of South Khorassan last year, a provincial police chief announced on Sunday.



Addressing a gathering of police trainers and instructors in Iran's Eastern city of Birjand, South Khorassan's Police Chief General Ahmad Ali Goudarzi said that a total volume of 30 tons of different types of narcotics has been discovered and seized by the police forces throughout the province during the last Iranian year (March 21, 2011-March 19, 2012).

Elsewhere, he lauded the police training programs, and underlined that police capabilities have made Iranian borders impenetrable.

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.

Meantime, 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 Iranian police measures along the country's Eastern borders have forced drug-traffickers to resort to other routes, including the Sea of Oman and the Persian Gulf, to smuggle their drug cargos which originate in Afghanistan and Pakistan.