Police seize over 631 kg of narcotics in central Iran

TEHRAN, Aug. 03 (MNA) – The police forces of Isfahan Province have seized over 631kg of illicit drugs in Nain County.

The Police Chief of Nain County Major Hadi Kian said on Sunday that following comprehensive intelligence operations, police forces confiscated 25 kg of opium and 606 kg of Morphine in two separate operations

Two smugglers have also been arrested and handed to the judiciary, he added.

Nain County is located 140 km east of Isfahan.

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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