TEHRAN (FNA)- The volume of the illicit drugs seized in Iran's Northwestern province of West Azarbaijan has witnessed a remarkable growth in the first seven months of the current Iranian year (March 20 - October 21, 2012), a senior provincial police chief announced on Sunday.
Speaking to reporters, Commander of the Drug Combat Police Force of the West Azarbaijan province Karim Akbari said that policemen have seized 14,367kg of different types of narcotics during the said period.
"Drug seizures this year had an eye-catching growth compared with (the same period) last year and showed more than 300% of increase," Akbari said, and stated that police have arrested 1,148 drug-traffickers and dealers during the said period.
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.
The anti-drug squads of the Iranian Law Enforcement Police have intensified their countrywide campaign against drug-trafficking through staging long-term systematic operations since last year.
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.