Police have arrested some 41,000 people in Tehran for drugs offences in the past eight months and seized more than 10 tons of drugs in the capital, newspapers reported on Monday.
They quoted Tehran police chief Mohsen Ansari as saying the seizures were double those of last year, adding that more than 40 kilos (88 pounds) of illegal narcotics are discovered in the capital daily.
He said 86 percent of those arrested were dealers or traffickers and the remainder are addicts.
Out of the 10 tons of narcotics brought in, more than half a ton was heroin, which Ansari said was seven times more than the total heroin haul last year.
Iran is a major transshipment point for narcotics coming from neighboring Afghanistan and Pakistan destined for the markets of Europe, central Asia and the Gulf.
Authorities have expressed serious concern over the sharp rise in drug use here and some 75 percent of Iranian prisoners, according to official statistics, are in jail for drugs-related charges – TEHRAN (AFP)
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