Oct 24, 2001, 12:01 AM
News Code: 9032871
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narcotics of kg 654 seize and smugglers 12 arrest Police here announced Headquarters Anti-Narcotics -- IRNA 24, Oct Tehran, drugs illicit of kg 654 and arrested were smugglers 12 that Wednesday .operations separate five in seized of province southern the of capital Zahedan in Police and medicine herbal carrying truck a impounded Sistan-Baluchestan the arrested and heroin of kg three opium, of kg 167 seized .traffickers and hashish of kg 45 seized operation armed an in police Also, .Khash in smugglers two arrested of provinces and Mirjaveh, of city in drugs seized also police The .added it Golestan, and Semnan, eastern 900-kilometer its in Iran for problem major a is Security .Afghanistan with border for hostage region the in civilians hold usually bandits Armed .sellers drug as use for or ransom the in villages 1,100 of residents the armed have Police the repel them help to move a in province Khorasan northeastern .attacks international the of crossroads the on lies Republic Islamic The .transfers drug intercepting in role important an plays and trade drug international lukewarm and funding insufficient to due However, the on be to continues trafficking drug international cooperation, .rise NB/AH End