Over 20 tons of narcotics seized in Iran in a week

TEHRAN, Jul. 14 (MNA) – International Deputy of Iran Drug Control Headquarters said that over 20 tons of illicit drugs have been confiscated by Iran’s anti-narcotics police forces in the country in the last week.

International Deputy of Iran Drug Control Headquarters Nasser Aslani said on Tuesday that 20022 kilograms of illegal drugs have been seized across the country during the last week.

The figure indicates a 16 percent decrease compared to the corresponding period last year (17,215), he added.

The consignment consisted of 17,241 kg of opium, 2151 kg of hashish, 205 kg of heroin, 204 kg of crystal, 112 ​​kg of grass, and 109 kg of other types of drugs, he said.

6092 smugglers have been arrested and 414 vehicles and some ammunition seized in the same period by police forces, Aslani said.

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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