Police bust 536 tons of illicit drugs in H1

TEHRAN, Sep. 21 (MNA) – Iranian anti-narcotics police confiscated around 536 tons of different illicit drugs in the country during the first six calendar months of the current year (March 20-September 21).

Commander of Anti-Narcotics Police of NAJA Brigadier General Majid Karimi broke the news on Monday, saying that the figure indicates a 39% growth compared with the first half of the last year.

He noted that over 167,000 smugglers, distributers and drug addicts have also been arrested and handed to the judiciary during the mentioned period.

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.

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