Iran Seizes Several Tons of Illicit Drugs at Eastern Borders
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian border guard units have seized several tons of illicit drugs at the country's eastern borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan during the last one month, a senior Iranian police commander announced on Sunday.
"In line with decisive confrontation with any kind of border trespassing, goods smuggling and drug trafficking along the borders of (Iran's southeastern) Sistan and Balouchestan province, border guards of this command center's combat brigades and units succeeded in discovering and seizing large amount of narcotics and smuggled goods in border patrol operations during the last one month," Commander of Sistan and Balouchestan's Border Guard Unit General Gholamnabi Kohkan said.
The commander said that his units conducted a series of intelligence operations after receiving tips from the local people and identified the targets.
Following these operations, the police seized 3,093 kg of different types of narcotics, including opium, heroin, Crystal, etc, he added.
He also mentioned that his forces arrested 19 drug-traffickers and a drug liaison and killed 4 drug traffickers and terrorists during the operations.
Iran, located at the crossroad of international drug smuggling from Afghanistan to Europe, has taken new security measures in its border provinces following several attacks by terrorists and drug traffickers at its eastern and western borders.
The crackdown has cost Iran more than 600 million dollars over the past two years. Last year, Iran allocated over $150 million to strengthen border security and block the entry of terrorists and drug traffickers into the country.
Strategies pursued by Tehran include digging canals, building barriers and installing barbed wire to seal its borders.
Due to these and similar measures adopted by Iran's law enforcement police, the country makes 85 percent of the world's total opium seizures. Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the country has lost more than 3500 of its security forces in its war against narcotics.
During the past Iranian year, Iran seized more than 1,000 tons of opium entering from Afghanistan, the largest producer of opium poppy in the world.