Police Chief of Hormozgan Province Brigadier General Gholamreza Jafari announced on Monday that 1087 kg of different types of drugs have been seized in a joint operation with anti-narcotics police forces of Fars, Kerman, and Sistan and Balouchestan provinces.
3 smugglers were also arrested and delivered to the judiciary, Jafari added.
In similar operations earlier on Monday, police in the Central province of Yazd confiscated over 1.9 tons of narcotics in two separate operations, Provincial Police Commander Brigadier General Abbas Ali Behdani Fard said.
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.