The latest news and views about illicit drugs and efforts to fight narcotics
Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi has noted that Iran’s sincerity and seriousness in fighting narcotics is clear to everyone and it goes without saying that the country has been doing so with all means possible for 43 years.
Iran’s Interior Minister has criticized the Western governments for their “poor performance” in the fight against narcotrafficking.
Police in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Balouchestan say they have seized over 1.15 tons of narcotics in the north and south of the province.
The head of Iran’s anti-drug police says Iranian forces seized more than 1,100 tons of drugs in 2021 and 230 tons in the first four months of 2022.
Drug traffickers in southeastern Iran opened fire on police on Monday when they were tracked down and ordered to stop, killing the driver of a passing car.
Iranian forces seized nearly six tons of illicit drugs in border areas over the past month.
A video has gone viral on social media and the internet showing drug traffickers throwing packages of opium from Afghanistan into Iran across the border.
The police of Kerman Province in southeastern Iran confiscated over 900 kg of various illegal drugs.
People in the Iranian city of Zanjan have held a funeral for police sergeant who got killed while chasing drug smugglers in the town of Mahneshan, Zanjan Province.
The police chief of Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan Province has announced that over the past nine months, law enforcement forces have dealt heavy blows to the drug trafficking mafia which seeks to smuggle illicit drugs into Iranian territory from neighboring countries.
Iran’s intelligence Ministry says its operatives have identified and dealt heavy blows to drug trafficking cells and their hideouts in the first six months of the current Persian year.
Iran’s interior minister says the country should not bear the burden of combating drug-trafficking alone, urging other countries to contribute to war on drugs as well.
Iran’s Deputy Attorney General Saeed Omrani has stressed Tehran’s resolve in the battle against drug trafficking.
Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday authorized an investigation into possible crimes against humanity conducted during Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s violent “war on drugs”. They stated alleged extrajudicial killings represented a “widespread and systematic attack” against civilians.
Kazem Gharibabadi, the Iranian ambassador to Vienna-based international organisations, says that the international community must share the burden of fighting against illicit drugs, as Iran should not sustain all the humanitarian and financial damages in the fight against drug trafficking.
A senior Iranian official has called on all countries, especially those in Europe, to seriously discharge their responsibility in fighting narcotics.
The Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors (CARICC) has praised Iran for its fight against illicit drugs and its heavy contribution to the capabilities of the centre.
Iranian Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Satatri has highlighted the major role of domestic knowledge-based companies and advanced technologies in the fight on drug trafficking and in preventing, diagnosing and treating illicit drug misuse.
Two Iranian border guards have been killed by armed narco-traffickers in Khuzestan province in the southwest of the country.
Iran's Judiciary spokesman says two Swedish nationals have been apprehended in Iran on drug smuggling charges.
Iran says it has been discovering and confiscating the largest amount of narcotics in the world for many years despite being subject to the US’ “unlawful” and “unilateral” sanctions and without benefiting from the international community’s help.