Iran’s police seize about 432 kilograms of drugs
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 6 / Trend, N. Umid/
Iran's police seized some 432 kilograms of narcotics in the country's western Province of Hamedan from drug smugglers during last day, the Hamadan Province's police commander, Mohammad Mehdian Nasab said, Fars news agency reported.
Eight smugglers have been arrested, he added.
Mehdian Nasab went on to note that the Hamadan Province's police have seized about 10.850 tons of drugs during the current solar year (started on March 21).
Iran is situated in a major drug route between Afghanistan and Europe, as well as the Persian Gulf states. The Islamic Republic shares about 900 kilometers of common border with Afghanistan, across which about 74 percent of opium is smuggled.
According to the official estimates, the fight against drugs annually cost Iran about $1 billion. the statistics also say that there are about 2 million of drug users in Iran.
It was reported that 500 tons of drugs were seized during the last solar year and more than 215 tons during the first 5 months of the current solar year.
Every year, Iran burns more than 60 tons of various seized drugs as a symbol of its determination to fight against drugs.