Commander of Sistan-Baluchestan province police said on Saturday that some 1,342 kilograms of opium were confiscated from smugglers during two separate operations in southeastern city of Saravan, Irna reported.
Brigadier-General Hossein Rahimi said that after the anti-narcotic squad received tip-off that armed smugglers are carrying drugs in a Toyota, they initiated the operation.
Saravan police managed to identify the smugglers' automobile on Kouhak-Saravan Road, he said, adding that the officers tried to stop the vehicle but the driver refused to pay attention to the police call and attempted to escape the scene.
The police forces tracked them down until they left behind their vehicle and fled in the dark, Rahimi said, noting that police discovered some 786.980 kilograms of opium hidden in the car.
In another successful operation in Saravan, police confiscated some 555.200 kilograms of opium, the commander said.