Behdani Fard said on Monday that 1,966 kilograms of different types of drugs were captured by the anti-narcotics forces in two separate operations in the last 24 hours, and added that16 offenders were also arrested and handed over to the judiciary.
The smugglers intended to transport the cargos to central parts of Iran from Southern and Eastern provinces, the police commander noted.
Since the beginning of current Iranian year (March 20), over 13 tons of various drugs have been seized in Yazd province, which is the main route connecting the Southern and Southeastern regions to the central and Northern regions of the country.
Iranian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to Vienna-Based International Organization Kazzem Qaribabadi said the country’s anti-narcotics campaign is not merely dependent on “fighting”, but it also includes other preventive measures.
“Iran has a balanced, intelligent approach in the field of narcotics; the country has put preventive measures and plans to raise awareness about the negative impacts of drug abuse high on its agenda in a bid to reduce the demand for narcotics in the society,” Qaribabadi wrote on his Instagram page on Friday on the occasion of ‘International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’, which is marked on June 26 every year.
“In this vein, more than 1.6 individuals were referred to over 9,000 healthcare centers in the country in the past Iranian year (ended March 19),” he added.
The diplomat stressed that last year, 30 Iranian forces were martyred in 2,319 operations against drug trafficking.
Iran’s forces also disbanded over 1,886 drug-trafficking gangs in the past year and seized over 950 tons of various drugs from them, he added.
Tehran has always called for global assistance in these operations, Qaribabadi underlined, noting that others, especially European governments, should take responsibility and play a positive role in this fight or face its threats.