Police arrest 311 drug-traffickers in western Iran

January 25, 2010 - 0:0

TEHRAN (FNA) - The Iranian Police have arrested hundreds of drug-traffickers in the country’s western province of Lorestan over the last four weeks, a provincial police commander announced on Sunday.

During the last month the police have arrested 311 traffickers and dealers in the province, Commander of Lorestan’s Police Forces Hossein Rahimi said.
A total amount of 63 kg of opium has been seized from the detainees, the commander added.
Rahimi further added that 2 drug rings have been disbanded during the same period.
The anti-drug squads of the Iranian Law Enforcement Police have intensified their countrywide campaign against drug-trafficking through staging long-term systematic operations in recent months.
The Iranian anti-narcotic police have always staged periodic, but short-term, operations against drug traffickers and dealers, but latest reports - which among others indicate an improved and systematic dissemination of information - reveal that the world’s most forefront and dedicated anti-narcotic force (as UN drug-campaign assessments put it) have embarked on a long-term countrywide plan to crack down on the drug trade since the beginning of the current Iranian year (starting on March 20).
Commander of the anti-drug squad of Iran’s Law Enforcement Police announced early January that the country’s police forces have discovered 340 tons of different types of illicit drugs during the last nine months.
“More than 340 tons of drugs have been seized all over Iran in the past nine months,” General Hamid Reza Hossein-Abadi said.
The United Nations credits Iran with the seizure of 80 percent of the opium netted around the world.
Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Iranian police have lost more than 3300 of their personnel in the country’s combat against narcotics.