Police Seize 266kg of Opium in Southwestern Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's law-enforcement police seized 266 kg of opium in a recent operation in the country's southwestern province of Kohgilouyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, a provincial police commander announced on Tuesday.
The Commander of Kohgilouyeh and Boyer-Ahmad's police forces, Hossein Chenarian, said that the shipment was seized from a truck on a road linking Shiraz to the provincial capital city of Yasouj.
He announced that the police succeeded in discovering and seizing 2027kg of opium in the province during the last 8 months, reminding that the figure shows a 30 percent increase compared with the same period last year.
Iran alone makes 85 percent of the world's total opium seizures.
During the past Iranian year (ended on March 20,) Iran seized more than 1,000 tons of opium smuggled from Afghanistan, the largest producer of opium poppy in the world.
The crackdown has cost Iran more than 600 million dollars over the past two years. Strategies pursued by Tehran include digging canals, building barriers and installing barbed wire to seal the country's borders, specially in the East.
December 08 2009