TEHRAN, July 23 (Xinhua) — The seizure of illicit drugs by the Iranian border police has increased by 87 percent in the first four months of the current Iranian year (began on March 20), compared with the corresponding period last year, commander of the Iranian Border Police was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency on Thursday.
Ahmadali Goodarzi said that 46 tons of various kinds of illicit drugs were captured along the country’s borders during the period.
The police have employed electronic and optical systems, radars, drones and thermal cameras to control the borders round the clock, Goodarzi said, adding that they will also be equipped with smart and modern hardware.
Iran has being suffering from drug trafficking given its location at the crossroads of international drug smuggling from Afghanistan to Europe.
Over the past few decades, Iran’s eastern and southeastern borders have seen deadly clashes between Iranian security forces and armed drug smugglers. Enditem