Tuesday, December 14, 2004

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IranMania News: "Narcotic drug production in Afghanistan up: Iran

Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com

LONDON, Dec 14 (IranMania) - Narcotic drugs entering Iran from Afghanistan have increased in recent years due to a spurt in drug production in the war-torn country which is now 25 times higher than before the US invasion, said an official of Iran`s Anti-Drug Headquarters.

The director of Iran`s Anti-Drug Campaign Headquarters, Amir Hossein Saliman-Pou, told IRNA in this northeastern provincial capital that narcotic drug production in Afghanistan has gone up by 25% since the US invaded the country in the aftermath of the 9/11 events in the US.

As a direct result of the increase in the amount of narcotic drugs produced in Afghanistan, the amount seized in Iran has also gone up by nearly 60% in the first seven months of the current Iranian year (started March 20, 2004), Saliman-Pou added.

He said some 170 tons of illegal drugs originating from Afghanistan have been confiscated in Iran by anti-drug officers or border guards during the stated period.

Saliman-Pou did not elaborate on the factors that may have led to the rise in narcotic drug production in Afghanistan, but many analysts have said the poverty and slow pace of reconstruction in Afghanistan have led farmers to return or increase their poppy cultivation.

The Taliban militia, which survived on opium production during their brutal rule of Afghanistan, were ousted by US and Afghan forces in 2001."

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