0700 GMT January 16, 2022
The forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy smashed a narcotics distribution gang in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan, said a provincial commander.
Commander of Imam Ali Independent Naval Base Mehdi Mousavi added given the complete intelligence dominance of his forces on the areas they are missioned to protect, they managed to, through a precise and consistent operation, disband the gang and seize over 600 kilograms of narcotics, ISNA reported.
Putting the exact weight of the confiscated consignment at 640 kilograms, he noted that it was discovered in a residential unit when it was supposed to be shipped by a boat to the southern Iranian province of Hormuzgan.
The gang’s activities were monitored according to a precise and well scheduled plan, the commander noted, saying this was the second shipment of narcotics discovered by the base’s forces.
He added the total weight of the discovered narcotics by his base stand at 1.2 tons, and the gang’s members were arrested.
Mousavi said identifying and smashing professional drug smuggling gangs are among the priorities of the Iranian judicial, security and disciplinary organizations, stressing that the ultimate goal is fighting narcotics and preventing people, particularly the youths, from becoming addicted to such substances.
Iran has always been at the forefront of the fight against illicit drug trafficking, preventing large consignments of narcotics from being smuggled into Europe.
The country, which has a long common border with Afghanistan, is used as a transit route for trafficking of narcotics drugs from Afghanistan to markets in Europe.
For decades, Iran has been fighting a relentless battle against international drug networks, but the war has cost it a lot both in human life and material losses.
For instance, the country has spent more than $700 million on sealing its borders and preventing the transit of narcotics destined for European, Arab and Central Asian countries.
In October, the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman said Tehran plays a leading role in fighting drug smuggling, adding as repeatedly confirmed by international bodies, thousands of Iranian police officers have lost their lives and many others wounded in the campaign against narcotics over the past four decades – which is only an example of the Islamic Republic’s endeavor to battle the sinister phenomenon.
Earlier in June, Iran’s Embassy in Austria slammed little international support, especially from the Western states, to Tehran’s fight against illicit drug trafficking, emphasizing that the Islamic Republic stands at the forefront of the costly campaign.
The embassy made the statement in a tweet on the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, or World Drug Day, which is marked on June 26 every year to strengthen action and cooperation in achieving the goal of a world free of drug abuse.
"Iran is at the forefront of the fight against illicit drug trafficking, which mainly enters Europe, while Iran receives little support for this costly fight," the Iranian mission said in its German tweet.
It added that despite receiving meager help from Western countries, as the main destination of illicit drugs seized by Iran, the Islamic Republic has so far seen about 4,000 of its police officers losing their lives in the anti-drug fight, which costs the country $350 million every year.