Tehran, Iran, Feb. 24
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Iran has prevented one woman and three men from being trafficked into the country from Turkmenistan via Lotfabad checkpoint.
The four have stated they were trying to go to Turkey and from there to Germany, ISNA news agency reported Feb. 24.
The four people were Afghan nationals hidden in a cargo of cotton, Bazargan border customhouse director, Tohid Azarbod said.
He added that a few days earlier the customhouse security arrested a bus that was carrying 41 kilograms of gold from Turkey into Iran.
Iranian security forces seized some 536 tons of various drugs in a 10-month period, Parviz Afshar, spokesman with Iran Drug Control Headquarters, said earlier.
At least 68 armed smugglers and two policemen were killed during the period, Afshar added.
Over 412 tons of opium was sized in the 10-month period, Afshar said, adding that Iranian security forces also seized some 15 tons of heroin and crack, as well as 80 tons of hashish, 1.5 tons of methamphetamine and 6.7 tons of morphine from drug traffickers in the mentioned period.