International Deputy of Iran Drug Control Headquarters Nasser Aslani said on Tuesday that 18,071 kilograms of narcotics including 14,967 kilograms of opium, 1,270 kilograms of heroin, 723 kilograms of grass, 566 kilograms of crystal, 342 kilograms of hashish, 20 kilograms of morphine, and 184 kilograms of other kinds of drugs have been seized by police forces across the country in the last week.
The figure indicates a 6% drop compared to the corresponding period last year (19,292 kilograms), Aslani added.
He went on to say that 69% of the illicit drugs were seized in 6 provinces of Sistan and Balouchestan, South Khorasan, Kerman, Yazd, Hormozgan and Fars.
3,433 smugglers were also arrested and 390 vehicles and some ammunition seized in the same period, the official noted.
Iranian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to Vienna-Based International Organization Kazzem Qaribabadi said in late June that the country’s anti-narcotics campaign is not merely dependent on “fighting”, but it also includes other preventive measures.
“Iran has a balanced, intelligent approach in the field of narcotics; the country has put preventive measures and plans to raise awareness about the negative impacts of drug abuse high on its agenda in a bid to reduce the demand for narcotics in the society,” Qaribabadi wrote on his Instagram page on June 26 on the occasion of ‘International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’, which is marked on June 26 every year.
“In this vein, more than 1.6 individuals were referred to over 9,000 healthcare centers in the country in the past Iranian year (ended March 19),” he added.
The diplomat stressed that last year, 30 Iranian forces were martyred in 2,319 operations against drug trafficking.
Iran’s forces also disbanded over 1,886 drug-trafficking gangs in the past year and seized over 950 tons of various drugs from them, he added.
Tehran has always called for global assistance in these operations, Qaribabadi underlined, noting that others, especially European governments, should take responsibility and play a positive role in this fight or face its threats.