TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian border guard units seized a large cargo of narcotics in a border town in the country's southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan, a provincial police commander announced on Monday.
Lieutenant Commander of Sistan and Balouchestan's Border Guard Forces Mohammad Molashahi announced that his forces deployed at the Mirjaveh border started a special operation after a series of intelligence operations and electronic monitoring systems showed drug-trafficking movements alongside the borderline.
During the operation last night, heavy armed clashes broke out between the police - who were assisted by the local residents - and drug-traffickers, he said, and added that heavy fire by the police made the drug-traffickers leave the convoy and escape the scene.
"Sistan and Balouchestan's border guards seized around 1,746 kg of different types of narcotics in the operation, including 1,219 kg of opium and 428 kg of hashis," Molashahi explained.
In June 2010, Iran's Police Chief Esmail Ahmadi Moqaddam announced that his forces have intensified security measures and entanglements along the country's eastern borders, saying that the move has forced drug-traffickers to use sea borders and waterways for smuggling goods and narcotics.
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 arriving from Afghanistan, the largest producer of opium poppy in the world.
Monday 23 Aug 2010
FARS News Agency
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