Iran's drug combat squads have seized over 8 tons of narcotics in the Eastern province of South Khorassan in the current Iranian year (started March 21), a provincial official announced on Monday.
"A total of 8,412 kilograms of different kinds of narcotics have been discovered and seized in the current year," Secretary of the Drug Campaign Coordination Council of South Khorassan Province Ali Mohammad Golestanifard said today.
According to Fars News Agency's report, he mentioned that the seizures included 5.7 tons of opium, 2 tons of morphine, large amounts of Crack and heroin and a small amount of crystal.
Iran lies on a major drug route between Afghanistan and Europe, as well as the Persian Gulf states. Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Iranian police have lost more than 3720 of their personnel in the country's combat against narcotics.
According to official estimates, Iran's battle against drugs cost the country around $1 billion annually. Strategies pursued by Tehran include digging canals, building barriers and installing barbed wire to seal the country's borders, specially in the East.
Iran has recently established a central database and strengthened police-judiciary cooperation in a new effort to combat organized crime.
Every year, Iran burns more than 60 tons of seized narcotics as a symbol of its determination to fight drugs.