12 tons of narcotics confiscated in a week

TEHRAN, Sep. 04 (MNA) – A deputy from Iran Drug Control Headquarters announced on Wednesday that, above 12 tons of psychotropics and drugs have been seized in 21 provinces across Iran in a period from August 23 to 31, 2019.

As Naser Aslani said, of the total amount of the seized drugs (12,873 kilograms) some 85 percent was opium i.e. 10,886 kilograms.

Some 839 kilograms of hashish, 154 kilograms of crystal, 134 kilograms of heroin, 491 kilograms of morphine, and 3,313 psychotropic tablets were the other seized drugs in the said time, he said.

Recently, the spokesperson of Iran Drug Control Headquarters said that 298,172 kg of illicit drugs have been identified and confiscated by Iranian anti-narcotics police in various operations in the first four months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21 – July 21), adding that the level of drug discoveries have increased 7 percent compared to the corresponding period last year.

Iran is at the forefront of the fight against drug trafficking and thousands of Iranian forces have been so far martyred to protect the world from the danger of drugs.

According to reports, in 2018 alone, Iranian forces carried out 1,557 operations against drug traffickers, seizing approximately 807 tons of different types of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

According to the World Drug Report 2019 of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in 2017, Iran had seized the largest quantity of opiates, accounting for 39% of the global total.

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