Police seize over 2.5 tons of illicit drugs in SE Iran

TEHRAN, Sep. 08 (MNA) – Police Chief of Sistan and Baluchestan province said that anti-narcotics its forces have seized over 2.5 tons of illicit drugs in two separate operations.

Police Chief of Sistan and Baluchestan province Second Brigadier General Mohammad Ghanbari made the announcement on Monday, saying that following comprehensive intelligence operations, anti-narcotics police forces of the province confiscated 2609 kg of opium, 19 kg of heroin, and 10 kg of crystal in Iranshahr and Saravan Counties.

Seven smugglers have 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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