The country's police chief, General Ismail Ahmadi-Moqaddam, said nearly 300 tons of drugs had been confiscated and more than 370 traffickers arrested between March 2005 and March 2006.
Iran is a key transit country for drugs en route from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Europe.
READDRUG USE ON THE RISE: The Iranian approach to drug control is very relevant to the rest of the world, because Iran's neighbor, Afghanistan, is the world's leading producer of opium. Iran leads the international community in global opium seizure rates and it is second to Pakistan in opiate seizures, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Iran also leads the world in the prevalence of drug abuse (2.8 percent of the population aged 15 or older), according to the UNODC.(more)
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