Rezayee said that more than 388 tons of different types of illicit drugs have been confiscated in the country in the first four months of Iranian calendar year (started March 20, 2020).
He added that the figure shows a 44% surge compared to the corresponding period last year.
In relevant remarks on Thursday, Commander of the Law Enforcement Police's Border Guards Brigadier General Ahmad Ali Goudarzi said that police forces of the Sistan and Balouchestan province have seized 1,105 kilograms of illicit drugs in the Southeastern borders.
Goudarzi said that the border guards gathered intelligence on the activities of a drug band at Mirjaveh border and found out that it was planning to transfer the narcotics into the country.
He added that tracking the band’s activities, the border guards of Mirjaveh managed to seize 796 kilograms of opium, 173 kilograms of crystal, 131 kilograms of hashish, and 5 kilograms of morphine.
Iranian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to Vienna-Based International Organization Kazzem Qaribabadi said in late June that 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 June 26 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.