Iran sets new record in narcotics seizure

By Terrapinzflyer · Jan 1, 2010 · ·
  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Iran sets new record in narcotics seizure

    Iranian police have seized more than 340 tons of drugs throughout the country during the past nine months, a senior Iranian commander says.

    "More than 340 tons of drugs have been seized all over Iran in the past nine months," IRNA quoted the commander of the drug squad, General Hamid Reza Hossein-Abadi, as saying on Thursday.

    "Over 25 tons of the seized drugs were heroin and morphine," he went on to say.

    "According to official statistics, more than 80 percent of the drugs were seized in eight border provinces, especially in the country's eastern borders," he further explained.

    Hossein-Abadi also pointed out that the Iranian police have so far arrested 170,000 drug dealers in various parts of the country.

    Iran lies on a transit corridor between opium producers in Afghanistan and drug dealers in Europe.

    Iranian police officials maintain that drug production in Afghanistan has had a 40-fold increase since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.

    While Afghanistan produced only 185 tons of opium per year under the Taliban, according to UN statistics, since the US-led invasion, drug production has surged to 3,400 tons annually. In 2007, the opium trade reached an estimated all-time production high of 8,200 tons.

    Afghan and Western officials blame Washington and NATO for the change, saying the allies have 'overlooked' the drug problem for the seven years since the invasion of the country.

    The United Nations credits Iran with the seizure of 80 percent of the opium netted around the world in 2007.



    comment: I believe the Iranian goverment largely controls the press so replaced the www with xxx in the link. Maybe not a government site per se but...

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  1. pride345
    Just to let you all know, Iran is still quite full of addicts, and plenty more drugs to go around. I doubt we'd ever see legalization in Iran, under this government, but if a new government were to come to power, I'd wish for the best.

    PressTV is jokes btw, a mouthpiece of the Iranian regime.
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    Iran sets annual record in narcotics seizure

    Iranian police have seized more than 557 tonnes of illicit drugs throughout the country in the past calendar year (ending on March 20), a senior commander says.

    "Iranian narcotics agents have managed to confiscate 557.622 tonnes of different kinds of narcotics from smugglers across the country," said General Hamid Reza Hossein-Abadi, the commander of the narcotics squad.

    He added that 214 smugglers have been killed and 34 police agents martyred during 1,717 heavy clashes.

    The police official noted that 2,264 infamous drug bands were arrested during the same period and added that 214,684 smugglers were handed over to judicial authorities.

    He warned that the Iranian police would severely and strongly confront any individual who seeks to damage the security of the Islamic Republic through the smuggling of narcotics.

    Hossein-Abadi accused the US and Britain of playing a major role in Afghanistan's lucrative drug trade and said, "We would not face such a critical situation in Afghanistan should the occupying forces play even the least role in the crackdown on drugs."

    Iranian officials have always criticized Western countries over their policies towards Afghanistan, where poppy cultivation has drastically increased since the US-led military occupation of the country in 2001.

    Some 13,000 tonnes of drug catalysts are brought into Afghanistan every year as the war-torn country is the producer of 90 percent of the world's opium.

    Iranian police officials maintain that drug production in Afghanistan has had a 40-fold increase since the 2001 US-led invasion.

    Russia has also blasted the United States for conspiring with Afghanistan's drug producers by refusing to eradicate opium plantations in the country.

    US marines, stationed in the opium-growing Helmand province since February, told the villagers that they do not intend to cut the production, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Sunday.

    "We believe such statements are contrary to the decisions taken on Afghan narco-problems within the UN and other international forums," the ministry added in a statement released by the Russian Embassy in Kabul.


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