Police seize 483 kg of opium in E Iran

TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) – The police forces of the eastern Iranian province of South Khorasan have busted 483 kilograms of opium in the city of Ghayen.

Police Chief of South Khorasan province Second Brigadier General Majid Shoja said on Saturday that the consignment was discovered in a car on route to the northern parts of the country.

Two vehicles have been seized in this regard, he added.

According to the police chief, two smugglers have been arrested and handed over to the judicial officials.

Being a neighbor to the biggest producer of drugs in the world has caused the Islamic Republic of Iran to shoulder a heavy burden as one of the main routes for drug transport.

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.

Iran 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 some regional countries has claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 Iranian police officers over the past four decades.

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