Police Seize Large Amount of Opium in Central Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's anti-drug police squads have seized a large amount of opium in the country's central province of Isfahan, a provincial police chief announced.
"Isfahan's anti-drug police squads in cooperation with the law enforcement police forces of the city of Naeen discovered and seized 73 kilograms of opium from two passengers of a bus after searching the vehicle," Isfahan's Anti-Drug Police Chief Hossein Rezaei said on Thursday.
"In our campaign against the drugs traffickers in Naeen, Kashan and Shahreza cities of the province and blocking the path of narcotic drugs' entry into the province we have implemented several disciplinary plans and launched a number of operations," he added.
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.