(Persia Digest) – The secretary general of Iran Drug Control Headquarters (IDCH) has said: “According to UN figures, 75 percent of world opium, 61 percent of morphine and 17 percent of heroin are discovered by Iran.”
“In 2017, Iran confiscated 21 tons of heroin while this figure was only 4 tons throughout more than 50 European countries,” said Brigadier General Eskandar Momeni at a press conference on Tuesday (11 June 2019).
He added: “The amount of narcotics discovery in the source country is less than 300 tons while this figure is over 800 tons in Iran.”
Momeni said: “Such figures indicate that those countries are able to fight against illegal drugs and its distribution but they are not willing to do so, while Iran is willing to fight against drugs distribution but is not allowed to do so by other countries that impose cruel sanctions on it.”
Noting that discovering illegal drugs is impossible without modern equipment, he added: “Europe should pay its share and play its role in the fight against drugs trafficking and stay beside Iran, not against it.”
Momeni said: “Iran has carried out 41,000 anti-drug operations during the past 30 years which led to the confiscation of 12,000 tons of narcotics, the martyrdom of 3,814 forces, leaving 12,000 disabled and injured. We have also blocked more than 2,000 km of borders, but what has Europe done all these years?”
According to Persia Digest (PD), Iran has warned that it will reconsider its cooperation with Europe in the fight against drug trafficking after the US unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal, officially referred to as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and resumed sanctions against Iran. Europe passively failed to secure Iran’s interests in the JCPOA. Iran’s reconsideration of its cooperation with Europe on drugs control will possibly lead to the flooding of illegal drugs to the Green Continent.
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