Police seize 256kg illicit drugs in eastern Iran

TEHRAN, Jul. 13 (MNA) – Anti-narcotic police forces of the Islamic Republic have busted 256 kg of illicit drugs in Sistan and Baluchestan province.

The Police Chief of Semnan Province Second Brigadier General Abdollah Hassani made the announcement on Sunday, saying that in a joint operation with police forces of Sistan and Baluchestan province, 256 kg of opium have been confiscated in Iranshahr city.

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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