0843 GMT March 24, 2019
Some 140 kilograms of drugs were discovered and seized in a police operation in the northwestern Iranian provinces of Qazvin, said commander of provincial police on Saturday.
Following a series of intelligence and technical measures, the provincial anti-narcotic police forces learned about a trailer carrying drugs from southern Iranian provinces to Qazvin, General Mehdi Mahmoudi added, IRNA reported.
They began checking vehicles in routes leading to the province and eventually identified the one carrying the drugs and forced it to pull over, he said.
While searching the trailer they found 14 packages of opium, weighing 140 kilograms, hidden deftly in it and arrested the convicts.
Late in August, the spokesman of Iran Drug Control Headquarters (IDCH), Parviz Afshar, said a total of 370 tons of drugs were discovered and seized in Iran during March 21-August 22, 2018, indicating a one-percent growth year-on-year.
He added 278 tons of the total figure were uncovered and seized during April 21-August 22, 2018.
He added the largest seizures were from the provinces of Sistan-Baluchestan, Kerman, Hormuzgan, Tehran, Yazd, Khorasan Razavi, Isfahan and South Khorasan.
In this period, the seizure of heroin, morphine and opium witnessed growths of 17 percent, 58 percent and three percent respectively year-on-year.
“Iran’s Basij (voluntary forces) Organization made the seizures in cooperation with Iran’s Police, Ministry of Intelligence, State Prisons and Security and Corrective Measures Organization and Iran’s Basij (voluntary forces) Organization.”
He added that in the past 12 months 7,000 job opportunities were created for cured addicts, adding the figure is expected to be doubled by March 2019.
Afshar noted that more than 2.8 million people in Iran are either addicts or causal drug users said the spokesman of Iran Drug Control Headquarters.
He added half of this figure are addicts.
“Women make up almost 30 percent of addicts across the world. This comes as in Iran, women comprise a small percentage (between eight percent and 10 percent) of the total number of addicts.”
Afshar said in addition, 2.1 percent of second-year high school students in the country have experimented with drug once in the lives.