TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's drug combat squads have seized more than 5 tons of narcotics in month-long operations at the country’s borders, a police commander announced on Saturday.
“The brave Iranian border guards fully controlled the bordering areas last (Iranian) month (November 22 to December 21) through their continued land, air and sea patrols,” Deputy Commander of the Iranian Border Guard Police for Coordination General Seyed Abbas Atayee said.
He noted that the day and night efforts of the Iranian border guards have resulted in the discovery and seizure of 5.229 tons of different illicit drugs, including opium, hashish, heroin and morphine.
Iran lies on a transit corridor between opium producing Afghanistan and drug dealers in Europe.
Sistan and Baluchestan province, where Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan come together, has porous borders, where bandits and drug traffickers operate despite frequent entanglements and intense efforts of the Iranian law enforcement police.
According to official estimates, Iran’s battle against drugs cost the country around $1 billion annually.
Saturday 28 December 2013
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Police Seize over 5 Tons of Narcotics at Borders in 1 month