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3 tons of drugs seized in Iran every day: police

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Addiction has reached epidemic scales in Iran. Photo shows addicts using drugs
in a residential area in Tehran (see more photos)

Tehran police chief said on Sunday that every day three tons of drugs are seized across the country, 56 percent of which in Tehran province.

"Every day more than three tons of all kinds of drugs are seized all over the country which 82 percent of them are impounded by police forces," Hossein Sajedinia said.

photos: destroying 300kg of the seized drugs in Arak, Iran

Last year, 1,067 tons of opium were seized in the country, Sajedinia stated.

He said there are 65 zones in Tehran province which are recognized as spots for drug-dealing. He also said there are 400,000 registered drug addicts in Tehran.

Drug use and distribution in a park in Tehran (see more photos)

The police official went on to say that most of the drugs are seized in provinces of Sistan-Baluchestan, Hormozgan, Kerman and Tehran.

Tehran police chief said last year 264 bands of drug dealers were identified and dismantled in the country.

"Also, 717 armed conflicts took place during which 214 bandits were killed and 38 others injured. During the shootings 34 police forces and four Basijis were martyred and 49 others injured," Sajedinia declared.

photos: destroying 300kg of the seized drugs in Arak, Iran

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