Zahedan, Sistan-Baluchestan Prov, Nov 6, IRNA – Some 1,810 kgs of opium and 428 kgs of Hashish were confiscated by the anti-drug squads in this southeastern province, a senior commander reported.
Iran lies on the crossroads of major drug trafficking routes originating mainly from Afghanistan.
More than 3,600 members of Iran’s armed forces have been killed in cross-border clashes with drug traffickers during 20 years of instability in neighboring Afghanistan.
According to official estimates, Iran’s anti-drug campaign costs the country about dlrs 800 million annually.
The country is credited with intercepting 80 percent of the opium and 90 percent of the morphine worldwide.
Iran seizes about 80 percent of drugs worldwide annually.
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