Following extensive intelligence activities and after receiving information about a drug-transiting operation near the city of Iranshahr, police commandos lay in ambush in ‘Bampour’ area to capture members of a gang carrying drugs with a sedan, the provincial police chief, General Hossein Rahimi said Saturday.
Following a car chase and gun battle on the road, police forces arrested the traffickers, including a professional drug dealer, the commander said, adding that more than 150 kilograms of opium was found in the car.
In a subsequent raid on the house of the infamous drug dealer, another 1,300 kilograms of opium was confiscated, he added.
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.