Ira­nian guard killed in fight­ing drug-traf­fick­ers

Iran Daily - - National -

An Ira­nian bor­der guard was killed fol­low­ing clashes with drug smug­glers in the south­east­ern prov­ince of Sis­tan-baluches­tan, said an Ira­nian bor­der guard com­man­der.

“In the clash, sev­eral drug-traf­fick­ers were killed and First Lieu­tenant Ali Ak­bar Ma­soumine­jad was mar­tyred,” Bri­gadier Gen­eral Qassem Rezaei said on Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to IRNA.

The rest of the drug smug­glers es­caped to the bor­der of Pak­istan, Rezaei added.

One car, 40 kilo­grams of mor­phine, and 876 kilo­grams of opium were seized in the oper­a­tion in the city of Mir­javeh.

Iran has lost more than 4,000 of its se­cu­rity forces in the fight against drug smug­gling over the past four decades.

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

De­spite high eco­nomic and hu­man costs, Iran 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.

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