The antinarcotics forces of the province seized 1,294 kg of opium in the past 24 hours, Shoja said.
He added that the police have confiscated 32,000 kilograms of different kinds of illicit drugs across the province in the past 4 months, saying that the figure indicates an 85 percent growth in comparison with the corresponding period last year.
General Shoja went on to say that 44 smuggling-bands have been dismantled in the same period.
In relevant remarks on Sunday, Deputy Commander of Police Law Enforcement Forces Brigadier General Qassem Rezaye said that 400 tons of narcotics have been confiscated by antinarcotics police in the Iran during the first 4 months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 20, 2020).
Following comprehensive operations, Iran’s antinarcotics and intelligence forces have succeeded to seize 400,000 kilograms of various types of illicit drugs across the country during the past four months, said General Rezayee late on Sunday August 9.
The figure indicates a 45% growth in comparison with the corresponding period in the last year, he added.
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.