Police confiscates 65 kg of illicit drugs in central Iran

TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA) – The police forces of Iran’s Qazvin and Isfahan provinces have seized 65 kg of illegal drugs in a joint operation.

Police Chief of Qazvin Province Brigadier General Mehdi Hajian made the announcement on Wednesday, saying that 65 kg of opium has been seized in a joint operation with the anti-narcotics police forces of the Isfahan province.

One offender has also been arrested and handed to the judiciary, he added.

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.

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.

Despite high economic and human costs, the Islamic Republic has been actively fighting drug-trafficking over the past decades.

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.

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

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