Iran’s police seize crystalline drugs in Gilan Province
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 25/ Trend N. Umid/
Iran's police seized some 5.700 kilograms of methamphetamine in country's Gilan Province, police commander of the province, Ebrahim Qaed Rahmati said, ISNA news agency reported.
Four smugglers were arrested in this operation, the report said.
Iranian officials express their concern about increasing consumption of industrial drugs including methamphetamine in the country.
Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Iranian police have lost more than 3720 of their personnel in the country's combat against drug use and drug trafficking.
Iran lies on a major drug route between Afghanistan and Europe, as well as the Persian Gulf states. The Islamic Republic shares about 900 kilometers of a common border with Afghanistan, through which about 74 percent of opium is smuggled.
According to official estimates, fight against drugs annually cost Iran about $1 billion. The statistics also say that there are about 2 million of drug users in Iran.
Every year, Iran burns more than 60 tons of various seized drugs as a symbol of its determination to fight drugs.