Iran's War on Narcotics:
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Law Enforcement Police squads have seized 4 tons of different types of narcotics in separate operations in the country's Southern province of Fars during the last 72 hours, a provincial police commander announced on Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters in Shiraz, Fars province's Police Chief Sirous Sajjadian said that the seizure included 3 tons of hashish and one ton of opium.
The commander added that his forces have discovered, and seized 26 tons of narcotics in the province since the start of the current Iranian year (March 20 - January 19), adding that the figure shows a 12% increase compared with the same period last year.
The Iranian police measures along the Eastern borders have forced drug-traffickers to resort to other routes, including the Sea of Oman and the Persian Gulf, for smuggling their drug cargos which originate in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Iran, located at the crossroad of international drug smuggling from Afghanistan to Europe, has taken new security measures in its border provinces following several attacks by terrorists and drug traffickers at its Eastern and Western borders.
According to the statistical figures released by the UN, Iran ranks first among the world countries in preventing entry of drugs and decreasing demand for narcotics.