Iran is trying to tackle a rising drug problem, as opium continues to
pour into the country from neighboring Afghanistan to the east.
English’s Alireza Ronaghi reports that Iranian police have seized
over 400 tons of drugs and have lost dozens of police officers in the
battle to eliminate drug abuse in Tehran.
But some Iranian officials say that arresting drug dealers and users
is almost pointless in the face of the huge quantities imported to the
capital every day.
At a recent drug control conference in Tehran, the head of Iran’s
anti-drug task force, Brigadier-General Hamidreza Hosseinabadi, criticized international organizations and Western
countries for not cooperating.