Jan 27, 2016, 6:12 PM
News Code: 81938420
0 Persons
Over 10 tons of drugs seized in West Azarbaijan Prov.

Mahabad, West Azarbaijan Prov., Jan 27, IRNA – Police commander of West Azarbaijan Province Brigadier General Nasser Aslani said on Wednesday that more than 10 tons of drugs have been confiscated in northwestern West Azarbaijan Province this year.

Aslani told IRNA that the drugs confiscation showed a 24 percent increase compared to that in the same period the previous year.
Meanwhile, Police Chief in Markazi Province Colonel Mohammad Hassan said on Wednesday that 5.203 tons of drugs have been confiscated in Markazi Province this year. The seizure was up by 68 percent compared to the figure for the same period the previous year.
Iran has the highest record of confiscating smuggled narcotics in the world under such conditions that the area under poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has increased drastically.
Iran, which has a 900-kilometer common border with Afghanistan, has been used as the main conduit for smuggling Afghan drugs to narcotics kingpins in Europe.
Iran also seized 573 tons of drugs between March 2013 and March 2014, according to Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli.
Despite high economic and human costs, the Islamic Republic has been actively fighting drug trafficking over the past three decades.
The country has spent more than USD 700 million on sealing its borders and preventing the transit of narcotics destined for European, Arab and Central Asian countries.