Police Seize Large Opium Cargo in Central Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's police squads seized over half a ton of opium in an operation in the country's central province of Isfahan, a provincial police chief announced on Wednesday.
Commander of Naeen's Law Enforcement Police Mohammad Ali Yousliani told FNA that his forces at Naeen's Shaheed Sherafat passage stopped a truck carrying onion from one of the southern provinces of Iran to the northern city of Karaj in the vicinity of Tehran.
"And in the checkpoint control, some 632.5 kg of opium was discovered," Yousliani stated, saying that the cargo was skillfully planted in the truck.
The commander added that the truck driver was arrested and later handed over to the judiciary authorities.
The Islamic Republic has emerged as the leading country fighting drug trafficking after having 85 percent of the world's total opium seizures.
The anti-drug squads of the Iranian Law Enforcement Police have intensified their countrywide campaign against drug-trafficking through staging long-term systematic operations in recent months.
The Iranian anti-narcotic police have always staged periodic, but short-term, operations against drug traffickers and dealers, but the latest reports - which among others indicate an improved and systematic dissemination of information - reveal that the world's most forefront and dedicated anti-narcotic force (as UN drug-campaign assessments put it) has embarked on a long-term countrywide plan to crack down on the drug trade.
June 11, 2010