Large intl. drug trafficking gang destroyed

November 13, 2022 - 20:30

TEHRAN – The Iranian Anti-Narcotics Police destroyed a large international network of drug trafficking in the eastern borders of the country.

By using foreign nationals and adopting professional methods under the cover of the public transport fleet, they tried to transfer large shipments of drugs from eastern borders to other provinces, ISNA reported on Sunday.

Some 300 to 400 kilograms of narcotics on average daily were distributed across the country by the gang.

According to the judicial order, 32 drug traffickers who were the main elements of the network were arrested and 1,054 bank accounts belonging to the members of the network were blocked; in addition, a large amount of property and assets belonging to this network were seized.

Leading country in narcotics seizure

Iran holds the record for narcotics confiscation in the world, Eskander Momeni, secretary general of the Anti-Narcotics Headquarters said in December 2021.

However, great achievements in the field of countermeasures have been gained, and the United Nations has officially announced that 90 percent of opium, 48 percent of morphine, and 26 percent of world heroin have been discovered by Iran.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime attaches special importance to the regional and global role of Iran in the fight against narcotics and, as a leading United Nations agency, Alexander Fedulov, UNODC Iran Country Representative, said in June.

In the Iranian calendar year ended in March 2021, about 1,200 tons of drugs were discovered, which was the highest rate of discovery in the world.

Despite the conditions caused by the coronavirus outbreak and the imposition of harsh sanctions against the country, fortunately, with the efforts of anti-narcotics police in 2020, drug detection increased by 41 percent.

After the Islamic Revolution (in 1979), more than 3,800 have been martyred, and 12,000 wounded and disabled in the fight against drug trafficking.

The UNODC has praised Iran’s efforts to fight against narcotics trafficking on the occasion of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The organization also officially announced that the world’s first place in the discovery of opium, heroin, and morphine belongs to Iran.

According to UNODC, Iran remains one of the major transit routes for drug trafficking from Afghanistan to European countries and has had a leading role at the global level in drug-control campaigns.

UNODC World Drug Report 2020 estimates that in 2018, 91 percent of the world's opium, 48 percent of the world's morphine, and 26 percent of the world's heroin were seized by Iran.


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