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News number: 9107117660

16:19 | 2012-11-07

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Commander: Iran Almost Fully Blocks Drug-Trafficking along Borders with Afghanistan

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian police chief lauded the country's all-out campaign against narcotics, saying that police measures along shared borders with Afghanistan have almost completely ended the trafficking of illicit drugs.



"At present and along land borders with Afghanistan, the drug-traffickers' penetration into the country has neared zero," Commander of the anti-narcotics squad of Iran's Law Enforcement Police General Ali Moayyedi said in a meeting with Nigeria's police chief here in Tehran today.

He added the Iranian police measures along the country's Eastern borders have forced drug-traffickers to resort to other routes, including sea borders to smuggle their drug cargos.

Moayyedi noted that Iran is seizing more than 89 percent of the opium and 40 percent of heroin netted around the world.

Iran shares open borders on the West with Iraq and Turkey, on the East with Afghanistan and Pakistan, on the South with the Persian Gulf littoral states and the Sea of Oman, on the North with Armenia and Azerbaijan and the Caspian Sea, and on the North East with Turkmenistan.

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.

Speaking to FNA in October, Lieutenant Commander of Iran's Border Guard Forces General Ahmad Gravand said that Iran now has "all-out control" over the country's borders, specially in the East.

"(Controlling) the Iran-Afghanistan borders is a top priority of the Iranian police's border guards unit," he stated, adding that police is digging canals and using optical electronic systems to monitor the bordering areas and prevent drug convoys from crossing the country's borderline.

In September, Commander of the Iranian Border Guard Units General Hossein Zolfaqari said that the country is closely monitoring its border regions through high-tech equipments, including optical and radar systems.

Speaking to reporters at the time, Zolfaqari underlined the significance of the use of high-tech equipments and technologies in border control, adding that Iranian border guard units are using radar and optic systems to control the country's borders.