0725 GMT September 23, 2019
Following massive intelligence activities, the operational units of the anti-narcotics police of Sistan-Baluchestan Province managed to identify and track a big haul of illicit drugs in the Ashar district in the Mehrestan-Sarbaz road, Colonel Mohammad Reza Nasiri said on Sunday night, Tasnim News Agency reported.
In the operation, police forces clashed with the armed smugglers and managed to capture two vehicles and arrest five of them, the commander stated.
After inspecting the vehicles, the forces seized 1,623 kg of opium, 136 kg of morphine, 18 kg of crack cocaine, a Kalashnikov rifle, and a handgun, he said.
According to IRNA, an Iranian border guard was killed on Monday in an armed clash with narcotics smugglers in the southeastern province.
“The clash lasted for three hours,” the governor of Saravan town said.
Major Rasoul Talebi was shot in his neck and died while being transferred to the hospital, the official said.
Iran, which has a 900-kilometer common border with Afghanistan, has been used as the main conduit for smuggling Afghan drugs to narcotics kingpins in Europe.
Despite high economic and human costs, the Islamic Republic has been actively fighting drug-trafficking over the past three decades.
The country has spent more than $700 million on sealing its borders and preventing the transit of narcotics destined for European, Arab and Central Asian countries.
The war on drug trade originating from Afghanistan has claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 Iranian police officers over the past four decades.