The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director Yury Fedotov said on Tuesday in Tehran that Iran ranks first in the world in illicit drug seizures. Iran seizes 80 percent of opium and 40 percent of heroin and morphine being seized worldwide.
“Iran is our important partner in the war on drugs,” Fedotov said [IRNA, 19 July].
Fedotov also paid tribute to thousands of Iranian security forces who have lost their lives in recent years fighting the drug traffickers. UNODC is expected to announce a new program of cooperation between the countries in the region on the war against drugs.