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Iran’s anti-narcotics police managed to seize more than 2,000 kilograms of opium in two operations in the southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan, the provincial police chief announced Sunday.
Over 13 tons of illicit drugs have been seized in Sistan and Baluchestan province in the south-east of Iran over the April 19-May 20 period, provincial Police Chief Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi said on Saturday May 28.
Alireza Jazini, a senior Iranian anti-narcotics official, confirmed that a catapult has recently been used by drug traffickers on Iran’s eastern borders to hurl illicit drugs into Iranian territory.
The volume of illicit drugs seized has registered a 21 percent rise in the eight months to December 22 compared with corresponding period last year.
Ten armed drug traffickers have been killed and over 92,000 dealers have been detained in over 520 combat operations across the country.
Pictures of a police operation in Tehran in which drugs smugglers are captured.
Criticizing the lack of support from the international community, Rahmani Fazli said that the world must be wary of the growing threat of terrorism and drug trafficking.
The police chief said the launch of an anti-theft center has seen the number of thefts drop dramatically across the nation.