Jul 28, 2014, 12:42 AM
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Police seize 2.3 tons of narcotics in southern Iran

Shiraz, July 28, IRNA -- The drug combat squads of Iran's police have seized large amounts of illicit drugs in different cities of Fars province, Southern Iran, in the past 48 hours, a provincial police chief announced on Sunday.

'We seized more than 2,300 kilograms of various types of narcotics from drug traffickers in Fars province,' Fars Police Chief Brigadier General Ahmad Goudarzi said.

He noted that the discovered narcotics included opium, hashish and crystal and they were discovered in Larestan, Jahrom, Khorram-Bid and Gerash in six separate operations.

'The six bands operated in Sistan-Baluchestan, Kerman, Homuzgan, Tehran and Fars. 16 members of the drug gangs who were arrested were aged between 25 to 40 years,' Goudarzi said.

Eastern Iran borders Afghanistan, which is the world's number one opium and drug producer. Iran's geographical position has made the country a favorite transit corridor for drug traffickers who intend to smuggle their cargoes from Afghanistan to drug dealers in Europe.

Iran, located at the crossroad of international drug smuggling from Afghanistan to Europe leads international efforts in fighting drug networks and narcotic traffickers.

The anti-drug squads of the Iranian Law Enforcement Police have intensified their countrywide campaign against drug-trafficking through staging long-term systematic operations since last year.