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News number: 9107117400

14:32 | 2012-11-06

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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 have seized more than 16 tons of narcotics in the Eastern province of South Khorassan during the last seven months of the current Iranian year (March 20- October 21), a provincial police chief announced on Tuesday.



Addressing a group of police commanders in Iran's Eastern city of Birjand today, South Khorassan's Police Chief Khalil Vaezi said that police have conducted 19 stages of anti-narcotics plans throughout the province during the abovementioned period and seized more than 16 tons of different types of narcotics.

Vaezi announced that police also disbanded 70 drug rings during the said period, adding that the figure shows a 70% growth compared with the same period last year.

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.