Tehran, July 27, IRNA-Anti-drug police squads have seized 4.87 tons of illicit drugs in Iran over the past week, Police 110 Emergency Center announced Wednesday.
The drugs comprised 4,632 kg of opium, 143 kg of hashish, 87 kg of heroin and 10 kg of morphine.
Based on the report, 291 drug smugglers and 297 addicts were arrested and handed over to judicial authorities and two were killed in armed clashes during the same period.
The highest amount of narcotics was seized in Yazd, Kerman and Tehran.
Iran, despite its unceasing anti-drug efforts, has remained a key route for southwest Asian drugs on their way to lucrative markets in Europe and Persian Gulf countries.
Domestic narcotics consumption continues to be a persistent problem with at least two million drug addicts in the country.
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