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News number: 9107168412

16:56 | 2013-05-08

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Police Chief Hails High Security at Iran's Borders

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Police Chief Brigadier General Esmayeel Ahmadi Moqaddam said security status along Iran's borders is in desirable conditions and drug traffickers can no more use cars and motorcycles to smuggle drug into Iran.



"Today, there is no place along the country's borders for the possible entry of drug-traffickers' cars and motorcycles and the trafficking of drugs by armed convoys has been eradicated," Ahmadi Moqaddam said, addressing policemen and women in Iran's Southeastern province of Kerman on Wednesday.

"And this development is very important," he added.

Iran has 5,440 kilometers of land borders. The country shares its Northern borders with Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan which extend for more than 2,000 kilometers, including about 650 kilometers of water along the Southern shore of the Caspian Sea.

Iran's Western borders are with Turkey and Iraq, and to the East with Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman littoral states form the country's 1,770 kilometers of Southern border.

In relevant remarks 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.

Iran leads international efforts in fighting drug networks and narcotic traffickers. According to the World Drug Report 2012, the Islamic Republic of Iran in 2010 was ranked first in terms of opium and heroin seizures, accounting for 81% of the world opium seizures and 34% of the world heroin seizures.