Azerbaijan, Baku, June 10/Trend M. Moezzi/
Border patrol forces have seized nearly 12 tonnes of drugs along the borders of Iran's Sistan and Baluchistan Province since March.
The province's border police commander, Brigadier General Gholam-Ali Kouhkan, said weapons, ammunition and several automobiles have been captured during anti-narcotic operations, Mehr news agency reports.
Border surveillance is critical because foreigners' illegal entry into Iran creates security, economic and political problems, said General Khouhkan.
Sistan and Baluchistan shares borders with both Afghanistan and Pakistan. It also sits on the Persian Gulf which can serve as another point of entry and exit for smugglers.
Iran faces a constant challenge as it battles drug smuggling along its borders. Since the Iranian revolution nearly 4,000 border patrol guards have been killed in the fight against the drug trade.
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