Iranian security forces seized 13 million pills of tramadol from smugglers in a warehouse in Tehran.
According to Fars News Agency, the psychedelic drugs worth over $43 million were smuggled to Tehran from southern port city of Khorramshahr, Khuzestan Province.
It added several suspects were arrested.
Tramadol is a painkilling opiate that can be addictive if abused. It remains the drug of choice for traffickers targeting the country.
Volunteer forces to help police in Norouz holidays
The police are going to get help from thousands of honorary forces during the Iranian New Year’s holidays, named Norouz, for varying tasks across the country, Police Chief Brigadier General Hossein Ashtari said on Tuesday.
According to Tasnim News Agency, Ashtari said plans have been formulated to make use of the potential of “honorary police forces” in the cities and on the highways during the holidays.
Every year, the beginning of Iranian New Year’s holidays (starting on March 20) causes traffic on the roads across the country, particularly those leading to the resorts and pilgrimage destinations.
According to Ashtari, the number of volunteer forces to be employed in each province will differ according to their capabilities and needs.
In February, An official at the Police’s Human Resources Department said that around 27,000 volunteer forces are ready help police across the country.
The forces are used to perform a range of tasks, including patrol missions, speed and road checks, assistance in searches for missing persons, and traffic control.