Over 2.3 tons of drugs seized in Sistan-Baluchestan province

Zahedan, Sistan-Baluchestan Prov, Dec 11, IRNA – Some 2.3 tons of drugs were confiscated by the anti-drug squads in this southeastern province, a senior police officer said on Thursday.
Commander of Sistan-Baluchestan province Borderguard Rahambakhsh Habibi said that upon a tip-off, police took under control Saravan border with Pakistan and could seize the contraband.

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.



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