“After comprehensive intelligence operations, the anti-narcotics police forces confiscated 1,092 kg of morphine and 221 kg of opium in a single operation,” Farshid said.
“Three smugglers have also been arrested and handed to the judiciary,” he added.
In relevant remarks, International Deputy of Iran Drug Control Headquarters Nasser Aslani said on Monday August 31 that some 16.739 tons of illicit drugs including 13.412 tons of opium and 1.314 tons of hashish, 717 kg of heroin, 355 kg of crystal, 468 kg of grass, and 473 kg of other kinds of drugs have been busted by police forces in one week.
The figures indicate a 64 percent increase compared to the last year’s corresponding period (10,215 kg), he added.
Aslani noted that 70 percent of the illegal drugs have been seized in 6 Iranian provinces of Sistan and Balouchestan, South Khorassan, Kerman, Yazd, Isfahan and Khorasan Razavi.
He added that police forces have arrested 4,690 smugglers and seized 407 vehicles and some ammunition in the same period.
Iran is in the forefront of the fight against drug trafficking and thousands of Iranian police forces have been so far martyred to protect the world from the danger of drugs.
The Iranian anti-narcotic police have always staged periodic operations against drug traffickers and dealers, but the latest reports - which among others indicate an improved and systematic dissemination of information - reveal that the world's most forefront and dedicated anti-narcotic force (as UN drug-campaign assessments put it) has embarked on a long-term countrywide plan to crack down on the drug trade since several years ago.
The Iranian police officials maintain that drug production in Afghanistan has undergone a 40-fold increase since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.
Afghan and western officials blame Washington and NATO for the change, saying that allies have "overlooked" the drug problem since invading the country 19 years ago.