Police confiscate over 2 tons of narcotics in Yazd

TEHRAN, Nov. 11 (MNA) – The police forces of Yazd province in central Iran have seized over 2 tons of illicit drugs in a joint operation.

The Police chief of Yazd province, Brigadier General Abbas Ali Behdani Fard made the announcement on Tuesday noting that after intelligence operations, the anti-narcotics police forces busted over 2 tons of opium in a joint operation.

Two offenders 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 trafficking originating from Afghanistan has claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 Iranian police officers over the past four decades.

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