“Police of Iranshahr County, in collaboration with anti-narcotics forces of Sistan and Balouchestan province, identified a smuggling band trying to transfer the drugs haul from the border areas to the Central regions of the country,” Ghanbari said on Friday.
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.In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Brigadier General Ghanbari had said that police in Sistan and Balouchestan province confiscated 2.453 tons of opium during an operation at Mirjaveh border.He added that following an armed clash between the police and the smugglers, the police forces arrested two of the smugglers and seized 3,532 kg of opium, 202 kg of hashish, and a number of weapons and ammunition.
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 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.