Police commander: 300 tons of drugs seized in Iran

Business Materials 4 December 2012 15:36 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 4 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/

About 300 tons of drugs have been discovered and seized in Iran, during the last year (Iranian year ends on March 20), Deputy Commander of the Iranian Police Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Radan said, Mehr reported.

Radan noted that 77 tons of those drugs have been seized in Iran's Sistan Baluchestan province.

According to Radan, Iran's border police carried out an operation on preventing cross-border drug trafficking and captured four trucks full of drugs.

The Brigadier general said that currently there are some existing problems with Iran's south eastern borders with drug trafficking which will be resolved soon.

"The border police have the north border of Sistan Baluchestan locked down to prevent drug smuggling and the in-depth monitoring of the southern border of the province should be intensified soon," Radan said.

Several days ago Sistan Baluchestan police commander Hamid Fahimirad said three tons of drugs and over three kilogrammes of opium were confiscated in this south eastern Iranian province.

In October 2012, Deputy Head of Iran's Drug Control Headquarters Taha Taheri said there are more than 100,000 prisoners in Iran are serving sentences for drug-related crimes.

Taheri said that more than 3600 police officers were killed during the drug combat operations over the last 30 years.

According to foreign media outlets, since October 2011 to October 2012, Iran had 488 people executed, 33 per cent of which were accused of drug trafficking.