Intelligence Forces Seize Major Drug Haul in SE Iran

The Iranian intelligence forces have managed to capture one of the largest drugs hauls in recent years in the southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan, the Intelligence Ministry announced on Sunday.

Following round-the-clock intelligence activities, the forces of the Intelligence Ministry in Sistan and Balouchestan seized 2,869 kilograms of illicit drugs that had been smuggled into the country, the official website of the ministry said.

The drug haul had been loaded into two pickup trucks.

It is one of the biggest seizures by the Iranian security forces in recent years.

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

Despite high economic and human costs, the Islamic Republic has been actively fighting drug-trafficking over the past three decades.

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.

The war on drug trade originating from Afghanistan has claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 Iranian police officers over the past four decades.

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