Iran police seize 135 tons of narcotics in three months

Iran's anti-narcotics police chief Ali Moayedi
Iran's anti-narcotics police chief Ali Moayedi

Ten armed drug traffickers have been killed and over 92,000 dealers have been detained in over 520 combat operations across the country.

Iran’s anti-narcotics police chief Ali Moayedi says around 135 tons of narcotics has been confiscated in the country in three months [March 21- June 21].

The general made the comment in a press conference on Wednesday and added that the number shows a 25 percent increase over corresponding period last year. The following is the translation of excerpts from his remarks as reported by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA):

He said that the anti-narcotics police have confiscated all manner of drugs in border areas in Sistan and Baluchestan, Kerman and Hormozgan provinces, adding that part of the drugs has been seized before crossing the border into Iran.

The general further said that ten armed drug traffickers have been killed in police operations and 25 injured, adding police carried out more than 520 combat operations across the country in the three-month period, 41 percent growth over previous years.

Moayedi then put the number of dealers arrested in the first quarter of the Iranian year at more than 92,000, saying that the figure shows a two percent rise over the similar period in the year to March 21, 2015. He said that around 80,000 cases have been filed for the drug traffickers with the Judiciary in the same period, posting a four percent increase.

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The anti-narcotics police chief went on to say that his forces have also captured a drugs smuggler who had been released on around $300,000 bail returning to the drugs trade. He said that the 40-year-old drug smuggler who had been sentenced to life imprisonment was rearrested in Tehran along with his brother a few days ago in possession of 115 kg of heroin.

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