Baku, Azerbaijan, June 15
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's police seized 910 kilograms of various drugs in the country's south eastern Province of Sistan and Baluchestan on June 15.
The province's police department's chief Hamid Fahimi Rad said that the drugs including opium and hashish were seized near Saravan city this morning, Iranian Fars news agency reported on June 15.
The police discovered and seized 810 kilograms of opium and 100 kilograms of hashish in a hidden depot, Fahimi Rad said, adding that efforts to identify and arrest of the smugglers continue in the region.
Iran is situated on a major drug route between Afghanistan and Europe, as well as the Gulf States.
The Islamic Republic shares about 900 kilometres of common border with Afghanistan, over which 74 percent of opium is smuggled.
It was reported that some 500 tons of drugs were seized in the country during the 12-month period from March 2013 to March 2014.
The fight against drugs annually costs Iran about $1 billion, according to the official estimates. The statistics also say there are about two million drug users in Iran.