Police bust 400kg of illicit drugs in Yazd prvoince

YAZD, Jun. 09 (MNA) – Iran’s anti-narcotics police forces have managed to capture 395 kilograms of illicit drugs in a single operation in the central province of Yazd, a provincial police commander announced on Saturday.

Second Brigadier General Mohammadreza Mir-Heidari said that following comprehensive intelligence activities, the police forces traced the haul of the illicit drugs, including 322 kilograms of opium and 73 kilograms of hashish in two trucks, which were destined for the central and northern parts of Iran.

Two offenders were also captured during the operation, he added.

The police chief noted that the illegal load had entered Yazd from the eastern provinces, which border Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Earlier this month the antinarcotics squads of Yazd province seized a 326kg consignment of hashish which was being transported toward the capital Tehran.

The Islamic Republic has been actively fighting drug trades originating from Afghanistan in the past four decades, despite its high economic and human costs. The country has spent more than hundreds of millions of dollars on sealing its borders and preventing the transit of narcotics destined for European, Arab and Central Asian countries.

The war on drug trade has also claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 Iranian police officers over the past four decades.

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