Sunday, January 02, 2005

Police seize 20 tons of narcotics From US Controlled Territory

IranMania News: "Police seize 20 tons of narcotics in east of Iran

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LONDON, Jan 2 (IranMania) - Local Police personnel nabbed 20 tons of illicit drugs in east of Iran since the beginning of the Iranian calendar year of 1383 (started March 20, 2004), a local police official said on Saturday.

The seized drugs consisted of 15 tons of opium, 2.5 tons of hashish and 2.5 tons of morphine, Hossein Mahmoudi said. He added that during the same period, police arrested 1,054 drug-traffickers in several anti-drug operations. Police also confiscated 100 weapons and some ammunition in this connection.

Meanwhile, police seized seven tons of opium and one ton of heroin in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan. Iran is credited with intercepting 80% of the opium and 90% of the morphine seized worldwide.

However, despite its unceasing anti-drug efforts, Iran has remained a key route for southwest Asian drugs on their way to lucrative markets in Europe and Persian Gulf countries.

Domestic narcotics consumption continues to be a persistent problem with at least 2 mln drugs addicts in the country."

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