Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi, the provincial police chief, has said that Tehran police forces have annihilated a big international drug trafficking band which had smuggled 1.6 tons of narcotics to the Iranian capital.
According to a Farsi report by ISNA, five members of the group, who had imported the narcotics from the country’s southeastern borders in Sistan and Baluchestan province and had carried the cargo across Iran’s central deserts to the suburbs of Tehran, were identified and arrested by intelligent forces of the provincial anti-narcotics police.
“Only one member of the band has not yet been captured as he is not [currently] in the country. Moves are underway to seize him.”
Rahimi said in recent operations by the provincial police forces to fight drug-traffickers, 200 retailers of narcotics were arrested and 85 kilograms of different kinds of opioid-based drugs were seized.
Tehran police chief also noted that a marijuana distributing band has also been smashed recently.
The members of this band, who were both arrested, used the cyberspace and real space to sell their drugs.
In recent operations by the provincial police, more than 60 bottles of alcoholic beverages, scores of kilograms of opium and a number of melee weapons as well as guns belonging to drug traffickers were seized.
In addition to fighting large-scale dealers and drug-trafficking bands, he added, combatting retailers is also a priority for Tehran’s police.
“We will resolutely continue to tackle the drug trafficking problem.”