Police confiscate close to 1.5 tons of narcotics in SE Iran

TEHRAN, Jun. 27 (MNA) – The Sistan and Baluchestan police commander announced the arrest of 4 smugglers and the confiscation of 1,428 kilograms of illicit drugs in an armed clash.

The Police Chief of Sistan and Baluchistan Province Second Brigadier General Ahmad Taheri broke the news on Saturday, saying that the anti-narcotics police of the province and Iranshahr obtained clues about the transfer of drug shipments from the southern parts of the province to the central area of Iranshahr city.

After several days of extensive intelligence work in the region, the province's anti-narcotics police identified armed smugglers who were intended to transfer illicit drugs by 5 vehicles, he added.

He said that the police forces have managed to arrest two smugglers during the operation. 

According to the police chief, the police forces seized 1.224 tons of opium, 187 kilograms of hashish, 13 kilograms of crystal and 3 kilograms of heroin in addition to confiscation of some weapons and ammunition.

Iran, which has a 900-kilometer common border with Afghanistan, 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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