Iran seizes 600 kg of drugs designated to reach Azerbaijan (exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 11
By Farhad Daneshvar - Trend:
Iranian police have seized about 600 kilograms of narcotics within the past 11 months, which were to be trafficked into Azerbaijan, Commander of Iran's Border Police Brigadier-General Qasem Rezaei told Trend in Baku.
Rezaei added that as a result of special operations, some 50 traffickers were arrested, trying to transfer drugs from Iran's eastern borders to Azerbaijan.
The law enforcement forces of the Islamic Republic have seized over 400 tons of narcotics across the country, since March 2015, according to Rezaei.
Qasem Rezaei is in Baku at the official invitation of Azerbaijani State Border Service's (SBS) Chief, Border Troops Commander, Colonel general Elchin Guliyev to attend the ninth meeting of the border commanders of Iran and Azerbaijan discussing the issues of common threats along the borders, joint fight against drug trafficking, organized crimes as well as protecting the security of borders.
Elaborating on friendly ties between Tehran and Baku, the commander said that during the recent round of talks in Baku the sides have agreed on a range of issues to expand cooperation between the border services of both countries.
As part of his visit to Baku, Rezaei visited the Academy of Azerbaijan State Border Service on 10 March to discuss exchange of experience and education between the two countries.
He further expressed Iran's readiness to share the country's experiences in battle against drug trafficking.
Iranian commander also added that Azerbaijan has carried out proper measures to secure its borders.
Rezaei further said that the sides have also discussed solutions to remove difficulties that citizens of Iran and Azerbaijan face in the border crossings.