Over 2 ton of illicit drugs confiscated in Iran’s Mirjaveh

TEHRAN, Nov. 23 (MNA) – The police force of the Sistan and Baluchestan province, southeastern Iran, have seized a big consignment of different drugs in the southeastern borders.

Commander of Sistan and Baluchestan Border Guards Colonel Mohammad Mollashahi said some 2,387 kilograms of different drugs were seized during a battle between the police forces and a gang attempting to smuggle the drugs into the country through Mirjaveh borders.

Some 2,287 kilograms of opium and 100 kilograms of hashish were seized in the operation, he added.

According to Mollashahi, four smugglers were arrested during the operation in addition to confiscation of a large number of weapons and ammunition.

Based on the United Nations reports, Afghanistan ranks first as the producer of opium and heroin in the world. Iran, being Afghanistan's neighbor, has always been the main route for smuggling narcotics to the Western world.

The Islamic Republic has been actively fighting drug-trafficking over the past three decades, despite its high economic and human costs. The war on drug trade originating from Afghanistan has claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 Iranian police officers over the past four decades. 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.


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