TEHRAN - Iran’s drug combat squads have seized over 1,800 kilograms of illicit drugs in a single operation in the Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan, a provincial police commander announced on Sunday.
"We have discovered 1.828 tons of opium, from the drug traffickers in the city of Iranshahr,” Sistan and Balouchestan Police Chief Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi told FNA today.
He noted that three drug traffickers were arrested and four Toyota cars were also confiscated from them.
Sistan and Baluchestan 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.
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.
Terrorist organizations in almost 30 countries now finance their activities, to a greater or lesser extent, through the highly profitable trade in prohibited drugs. In particular, drug trafficking has become increasingly important as a source of revenue for terrorist groups after the end of the Cold War.
FARS News Agency/April 12, 2015
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