Iran will burn over 100 tons of illicit drugs this week as part of its efforts to curb drug abuse and drug trafficking.
The seized drugs will be incinerated in Tehran and 16 other provinces on Wednesday on the occasion of the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the Fars News Agency reported.
Iran lies on a transit corridor between opium-producing Afghanistan and drug dealers and abusers in Europe. To counter drug trafficking, the Iranian government has deployed thousands of security personnel along its eastern borders and has erected over 1,000 kilometers of embankments, canals, trenches, and cement walls.
Since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, about 3,730 Iranian security personnel have lost their lives in the country’s relentless anti-drug campaign.