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The president of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) acknowledges the comprehensive efforts made by Iran to combat drug trafficking.
"World countries should learn from Iran's counter-narcotics experience," said Khoo Boon Hui in a Wednesday meeting with Iranian Police Chief Esmail Ahmadi-Moghaddam in Tehran.
"We should show world nations that INTERPOL member states are in fact part of a large family and are obliged to help each other out with their problems," he was quoted by IRNA as saying.
To counter drug trafficking, the Iranian government has deployed thousands of security personnel along its eastern borders and has erected over 1,000 km (620 miles) of embankments, canals, trenches, and cement walls.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa has praised Iran for its efforts to stem the flow of drugs from Afghanistan to the West.
“The anti-narcotics police in Iran are among the best in the world,” he said in May 2009.
Originally posted by Maddogkull
Wait huh.... Maybe I am misinterpreting this. Iran has the HIGHEST narcotic abuse rate in the world. Something like 2 percent of Iran is addicted to heroin. Something around that.
[edit on 2-6-2010 by Maddogkull]
Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, the Iranian president, has proposed a budget estimated at $368bn for 2011, with a promise that spending will focus on agriculture, education and research. It is unclear how much of this budget will go on tackling the nation’s rising drug problem, though opium continues to pour into the country from neighbouring Afghanistan. In the last 10 months, Al Jazeera correspondent Alireza Ronaghi reports that police have seized over 400 tonnes of drugs and have lost dozens of police officers in the attempt to eradicate drug abuse in the Iranian capital, Tehran. Now some public security officials are saying the effort to chase and arrest drug dealers and users is almost pointless in the face of the sheer quantity of narcotics brought into the capital city every day. At a conference on drug control in Tehran this week, Brigadier-General Hamidreza Hosseinabadi, head of Iran’s anti-drug task force, criticised international organisations and Western powers for their lack of co-operation. “Those who chase terrorists in Afghanistan, they have left drug traffickers free. “I think they even guide traffickers. They allow a fifty percent increase of drug production in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, where the head quarters of British forces is located. What does that mean?” Hosseinabadi asked. Antonino De Leo, the representative of UN office on Drugs and Crime in Iran, says he is eager to help but his hands are tied. “Our technical assistance programme … is funded by …