Over 1 ton of illicit drugs seized in S Iran

TEHRAN, Apr. 13 (MNA) – The police forces of Hormozgan Province, south of Iran have confiscated over 1 ton of narcotics in the past 72 hours, said the police commander.

Police Chief of Hormozgan Province Second Brigadier General Gholamreza Jafari said on Sunday that following a series of intelligence operations, the anti-narcotics forces confiscated over one tone of illicit drugs including 971 kg of opium, 2 kg of hashish, 11 kg of heroin, and 51 kg of other kinds of narcotics in the province.

14 smugglers have been arrested in this regard and handed over to the judicial officials and 8 vehicles seized, he added.

These sorts of operations are usual for Iran which is a neighbor to the source of drugs, Afghanistan. The Islamic Republic has been combating drug-traffickers for the past decades despite high economic and human costs. The country has spent more than $700 million on sealing its borders and preventing the transit of narcotics destined for European, Arab and Central Asian countries.

MNA/ 4898532

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