Iranian police seize several tons of crystal meth
Iranian police forces have discovered and seized 3 tons of Crystal meth (Methamphetamine) during the current Iranian year (ends on March 19) as Iranian police and judiciary officials intensified measures against chemically produced addictive substances, an Iranian police chief said on Monday.
"This (Iranian) year we have had a 3-ton seizure of the synthetic drug of Crystal meth and we have discovered and destroyed several (synthetic drugs production) labs," Iran's Police Chief Brigadier General Esmayeel Ahmadi Moqaddam told FNA in Iran's Southeastern city of Zahedan, the provincial capital city of Sistan and Balouchestan.
He expressed the hope the punishment adopted by the judiciary against synthetic drugs would lead to a decrease both in demand and production of such narcotics.
Methamphetamine, a synthetic drug with more rapid and lasting effects than amphetamine, is illegally used as a stimulant.
Synthetic drugs have recently been smuggled and distributed in Iran by drug-traffickers who seek to change addiction behaviors in the country and redirect addicts' tendency from conventional drugs, such as opium, heroin and hashish, to those narcotics mostly prevalent in the West, like cocaine, crack, crystal meth and LSD.
In May, former Commander of the anti-narcotics squad of Iran's Law Enforcement Police General Hamid Reza Hossein-Abadi said that Iranian police forces have intensified their clampdown on synthetic-drugs production and trafficking, Crystal meth (Methamphetamine) in particular.
Hossein-Abadi said at the time that his forces have intensified the war on those individuals involved in synthetic drugs trafficking after the approval of the recent amendment of the country's anti-narcotics law.
He further noted that the necessary coordination has been made with the judicial authorities to consider proper punishment for synthetic drug traffickers.