More than 2 tons of narcotics were confiscated by the anti-narcotics forces in Khash and Saravan county of Sistan and Balouchestan province, Police Chief of the region, Brigadier General Mohammad Ghanbari said and added that the drug haul was busted in border regions.
During the clash, the police arrested the head of the drug-trafficking band and confiscated 2.294 tons of narcotics along with an AK47 and ammunition, he noted.
The consignment comprised of 2,222 kg of opium and 72 kg of hashish, Ghanbari said.
On Tuesday, an official with Iran Drug Control Headquarters said that anti-narcotics forces of Iran’s police have captured over 16 tons of illicit drugs in the country in last week.
International Deputy of Iran Drug Control Headquarters Nasser Aslani made the announcement on Tuesday, saying that some 16,322 kg of narcotics have been busted across the country including 12,864 kg of opium and 2,383 kg of hashish, 506 kg of crystal, 271 kg morphine, 186 kg of heroin, 70 kg of grass, and 45 kg of other kinds of drugs.
The total figure shows a 20% decline compared to the corresponding period last year, he added.
3,369 smugglers have been arrested and 394 vehicles and some ammunition have also been captured from them in the same period, the official noted.
On May 22, Iranian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to Vienna-Based International Organizations Kazzem Gharibabad said despite the troubles and obstacles posed by the US sanctions against Iran, his nation continues to lead the fight against drug smuggling in the world.
Gharibabadi made the remarks in a letter to Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Ghada Fathi Waly.
He called on the UN and its member states to practice their responsibility to recognize and support Iran’s activities in this fight.
The Iranian envoy noted that seizure of illicit drugs in Iran topped by 20% last year in comparison to the previous year.