Iran police confiscate 7 tons of opium
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state TV is reporting that police have confiscated seven tons of opium from drug smugglers in southern Iran in a single raid.
Local police chief, Gen. Ahmad Ali Goudarzi, told state television on Tuesday that the opium had been concealed in a cement truck heading toward the capital Tehran.
Iranian authorities often confiscate large quantities of narcotics, but Monday’s seizure is the biggest in months.
Iran is the main route for drug smugglers to ship narcotics from the poppy fields of Afghanistan to Europe. Authorities confiscate hundreds of tons of narcotics — mostly opium — every year. In 2013, over 209,000 hectares (806 square miles) of poppies were planted across Afghanistan, up 36 percent from the year before.