TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the anti-narcotics squad of Iran’s Law Enforcement Police General Ali Moayyedi announced that his forces have seized several tons of illicit drugs in the current Iranian year (will end March 20) showing a considerable rise as compared with the previous year.
“We have seized 3 tons of crystal meth in the current year, which shows a 35 percent rise in comparison with the figures of the last year,” Moayyedi said
He also announced that his forces in cooperation with the UAE police have seized a cocaine consignment from South America, and said that a Bolivian national was also arrested in this connection.
General Moayyedi pointed to the sea route used by drug-traffickers, and said, “We will try to make the sea insecure for drug traffickers as well.”
Iran has recently established a central database and strengthened police-judiciary cooperation in a new effort to combat organized crime.
Every year, Iran burns more than 60 tons of seized narcotics as a symbol of its determination to fight drugs.
The Iranian police officials maintain that drug production in Afghanistan has undergone a 40-fold increase since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.
While Afghanistan produced only 185 tons of opium per year under the Taliban, according to the UN statistics, since the US-led invasion, drug production has surged to 3,400 tons annually. In 2007, the opium trade reached an estimated all-time production high of 8,200 tons.
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