TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian anti-drug police forces seized a large cargo of narcotics from a drug-trafficking ring in Iran's northern city of Karaj, near Tehran, a senior police chief announced on Sunday.
Commander of Tehran's Law Enforcement Police Forces General Hossein Akbarshahi said that his forces initiated proper measures after receiving tips about the trade of a large cargo of narcotics in Karaj's Manzariyeh district.
Police started intelligence operations and identified the location of the drug-traffickers and arrested 4 of them in a joint operation with anti-drug squads.
"After searching the ring's hideout, police seized 2,940 kg of opium, 36kg of heroin, an assault weapon...," the commander stated.
Five members of the ring were arrested and 4 cars were confiscated from the drug-traffickers in the police operations.
During the last Iranian year (ended on March 20) Iran seized more than 1,000 tons of opium smuggled from Afghanistan.
Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Iranian police have lost more than 3500 of their personnel in the country's combat against narcotics.
According to the statistical figures released by the UN, Iran ranks first among the world countries in preventing entry of drugs and decreasing demand for narcotics.
Each year, the government spends hundreds of millions of dollars erecting barriers along the borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan and pumping resources into checkpoints. Officials said the battle against drug addiction and trafficking costs Iran US$1 billion a year.
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