Police Seize over 1000 kg of Drugs in Southeastern Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Law Enforcement Police seized more than a ton of illicit drugs in the southeastern province of Kerman, a provincial police commander announced on Monday.
Commander of Jiroft police forces announced that police squads seized 430 kg of opium during an armed clash with drug traffickers, and killed one of the culprits.
He also mentioned that following a series of surveillance and intelligence operations, police have brought under tight control the potential ways used by traffickers for smuggling .
In another development, police forces seized another 500 kg of opium from a van at a checkpoint near the city of Baft, also in Kerman province.
Iran alone makes 85 percent of the world's total opium seizures. Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iranian police have lost more than 3400 of their personnel in the country's combat against narcotics.
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.