(FNA) - An Iranian police commander announced on Monday that the volume of discoveries and seizures of Crack (condensed heroin) in Tehran has increased by 159 percent during the last 10 months.
"430kg of Crack has been discovered during the last 10 months. The volume of discoveries in the same period last year amounted to 158 kg, that shows a 159-percent growth", Commander of Tehran's Anti-Drug Police Force Colonel Javad Kashfi said in an exclusive interview with FNA.
While Crack is known as a narcotic crystalline form of Cocaine in other countries; in US and Europe in particular, in Iran it is a Heroin based drug made of highly (17 times) condensed Heroin. Police believe that the Iranian formula has been designed to encourage addicts with cheap prices, considering that Cocaine is scarce and too expensive in Iran, while Heroin, which is produced in tons in the neighboring Afghanistan, is abundant in supply all throughout the region.
Kashfi also announced that the Tehran's law enforcement police have also discovered 81 kg of Crystal (methamphetamine) during the same period of time.
Earlier, Kashfi had said that Tehran's anti-drug officers have discovered 14 kg of Crystal in December, which is an unprecedented volume (of meth discovery) in the capital.
The anti-drug squads of the Iranian Law Enforcement Police have intensified their countrywide campaign against drug-trafficking through staging long-term systematic operations in recent months.
The Iranian anti-narcotic police have always staged periodic, but short-term, operations against drug traffickers and dealers, but latest reports - which among others indicate an improved and systematic dissemination of information - reveal that the world's most forefront and dedicated anti-narcotic force (as UN drug-campaign assessments put it) have embarked on a long-term countrywide plan to crack down on the drug trade since the beginning of the current Iranian year (starting on Norooz March 21st).
Commander of the anti-drug squad of Iran's Law Enforcement Police announced early January that the country's police forces have discovered 340 tons of different types of illicit drugs during the first 9 months of this Iranian year.
According to the statistical figures released by the UN, Iran ranks first among the world countries in preventing entry of drugs and decreasing demand for narcotics.
Iran has recently established a central database and strengthened police-judiciary cooperation in a new effort to combat organized crime.
Iran leads international efforts in fighting drug networks and narcotic traffickers. Some official estimates say that Iran's battle against drugs cost the country around $1 billion annually.
Every year, Iran burns more than 60 tons of seized narcotics as a symbol of its determination to fight drugs.
Opium production in neighboring Afghanistan has been on the rise since U.S. occupation started in 2001. Based on UNODC data, there has been more opium poppy cultivation in each of the past four growing seasons (2004-2007) than in any one year during Taliban rule.
It's been speculated that gangsters who have penetrated within military ranks of occupation forces in Afghanistan are ring-leaders of trafficking narcotics worldwide.