Police confiscates 714 kg illicit drugs in Iran’s Mirjaveh

TEHRAN, Apr. 05 (MNA) – The police forces of the Sistan and Baluchestan province have busted a consignment of illicit drugs in the southeastern borders.

Commander of Sistan and Baluchestan Border Guards Colonel Mohammad Mollashahi made the announcement on Sunday, saying that following comprehensive intelligence operations, the police border guards identified a smuggling gang near Mirjaveh borders.

714 kilograms of opium were seized in this operation, he added.

According to the commander, one smuggler has been arrested in this regard and the rest of them fled to the highlands of the area using the darkness of the night.

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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