Police Seize Unprecedented Volume of Opium in Southern Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Law Enforcement Police seized considerable amounts of opium from a ring in the country's southern province of Bushehr, a provincial police commander announced on Wednesday.
Bushehr's Police Chief Reza Mohammadi Yeganeh told reporters that the ring was disbanded in the region of Dashtestan and police squads seized 2,221 kg of opium in the operation.
He added that the police also arrested three members of the ring and confiscated five vehicles in the operation.
Mohammadi Yeganeh further said that the cargo was heading to the West from eastern regions of the province.
The commander added that the police forces have seized 3,121 kg of different types of illicit drugs during the last two months, and pointed out that drug seizures by his troops show a 15-fold increase.
Iran, which lies on a transit corridor between opium producing Afghanistan and drug dealers in Europe, has recently stepped up efforts in the campaign against narcotics and drug-dealers.
Of course, the Islamic Republic has already emerged as the leading country fighting drug trafficking after making 85 percent of the world's total opium seizures.
The statistical figures released by the UN also show that Iran ranks first among the world countries in preventing entry of drugs and decreasing demand for narcotics.
Earlier in April, Iran's Police Chief Brigadier General Esmail Ahmadi Moqaddam announced that Iran's anti-narcotic police squads had seized around 1,000 tons of various types of opium-derived narcotics during the last Iranian year (ended on March 20).
17:22 | 2010-05-19
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