1.2 tonnes of illicit drugs seized in Iran

Tehran, July 17 (IANS) Over 1.2 tonnes of illicit drugs have been seized during two anti-drug operations in Iran's Alborz province in the last few days, Xinhua reported Tuesday citing authorities.

"Police have seized some 1,215 kg of opium and hashish in two operations in Alborz province," said provincial police chief Ali Goudarzi.

In the first operation, 870 kg of hashish and 245 kg of opium were seized, said Goudarzi, adding that "in another operation, the drug combat squads discovered and seized 100 kg of hashish and arrested a drug trafficker."

On Saturday, Iran's border police had seized more than 2.5 tonnes of illicit drugs in the operations carried out along the country 's borders in Sistan and Baluchestan provinces.

Iran is located at the crossroad of the international drug smuggling route from Afghanistan, the world's top opium producer, to Europe.


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