0637 GMT August 24, 2019
The intelligence forces attacked the two major drug rings in the city of Iranshahr, around 250 kilometers south of the provincial capital, Zahedan, Tasnim News Agency reported.
A number of drug smugglers were arrested and more than three tons of narcotics were seized in the operation.
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.
In his comments on July 9, Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi said 3,815 Iranian law enforcement forces have lost their lives and over 12,000 others have been wounded in the war on drug trafficking over the past 40 years.
In the past three decades, Iran has seized approximately 11,000 tons of different types of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, he added, saying that in 2018 alone, Iranian forces carried out 1,557 operations against drug traffickers, seizing approximately 807 tons of different types of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
According to the “World Drug Report 2019” of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in 2017, Iran had seized “the largest quantity of opiates … accounting for 39 percent of the global total,” the envoy stated.