News ID: 262683
Published: 1144 GMT December 08, 2019

Iran border guards seize 500kg of opium

Iran border guards seize 500kg of opium

Iranian border guards in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan managed to smash a major drug ring, capturing 500 kilograms of opium, commander of the provincial border police announced on Sunday.

Forces of the Mirjaveh Border Regiment gathered intelligence about the intention of a major drug gang to smuggle a heavy cargo by car to the city, Brigadier General Mohammad Mollashahi said.

The border guards immediately identified members of the drug trafficking ring and ambushed them, he added, according to Tasnim News Agency.

During the operation, the border guards arrested two smugglers and seized two vehicles, 500kg of opium, and a large amount of ammunition, the commander went on to say.

Police and security forces have been quite successful in ensuring security in the province despite its long borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan, harsh weather and vast desert areas.

Iran, which shares a 900-kilometer common border with Afghanistan, has been used as the main conduit for smuggling Afghan drugs to narcotics kingpins in Europe.


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