The report further said that in armed clashes the police seized 700 kgs of morphine and hashish and killed a bandit while in another operation over 56 kgs of opium were nabbed during inspection of cars plying on local roads.
Iran lies on an international drugs trade route, which originates from Afghanistan and Pakistan and stretches as far as the Persian Gulf Arab states, Europe and beyond.
More than 3,000 members of Iranian armed forces have been killed in cross-border clashes with drug traffickers during the civil disorder in neighboring Afghanistan in the past 20 years.
According to official estimates, Iran's anti-drug campaign costs the country dlrs 800 million each year.
Iran accounts for 80 percent of the opium and 90 percent of the morphine intercepted worldwide, according to the International Narcotics Control Board.
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