He added that 70 percent of the narcotics were seized in the country’s eastern provinces and regions.
The commander further emphasized that over the said period, police operations to fight illicit drugs have been increased by 163 percent compared to the same period last year.
He went on to say that during the operations, 90 drug smugglers were killed in the clashes with police forces and 2,000 rings involved in drug-trafficking activities were smashed.
In recent decades, Iran has been hit by drug trafficking, mainly because of its 936- kilometer shared border with Afghanistan, which produces more than 90% of the world’s opium.
According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the Islamic Republic is netting eight times more opium and three times more heroin than all other countries in the world combined.
The war on drug trade originating from Afghanistan has claimed the lives of nearly 3,700 Iranian police officers over the past 30 years.