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News number: 9203180940

15:59 | 2013-06-10

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Iran's War on Narcotics:

Iranian Police Seize over 6 Tons of Narcotics in Central Province

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's drug combat squads have seized more than 6 tons of narcotics since the beginning of the current Iranian year (started March 21), a provincial police chief announced.



Speaking to reporters, Commander of Isfahan's Law Enforcement Forces General Abdol Reza Aqakhani said his forces have intensified their war on narcotics, and added, "The Isfahan Law Enforcement Forces with the help of the province's drug combat squads seized more than 6 tons of narcotics since the beginning of the current year."

The commander noted that the seized drugs included opium, heroin, crystal, crack (condensed heroin) and grass.

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.

Iran spends billions of dollars and has lost thousands of its police troops in the war against traffickers. Owing to its rigid efforts, Iran makes 81 percent of the world's total opium seizures and has turned into the leading country in drug campaign.

Sistan and Balouchestan province, where Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan come together, has porous borders, where bandits and drug traffickers operate despite frequent entanglements and intense efforts of the Iranian law enforcement police.

More than 3,720 Iranian security personnel have been killed fighting drug smugglers since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.