Friday, February 28, 2014

Iran Is Engaged In It's Own Drug War


Drugs: The Overlooked Issue In Nuclear Talks With Iran -- Shahed Ghoreishi, The Atlantic

Better relations between Tehran and the West could put a major dent in the global opium trade.

Efforts between world powers and Iran to reach a comprehensive deal on the country’s nuclear program may now be back in the news, but a related issue with global ramifications is receiving far less attention: Iran’s war on drugs.

Earlier this month, Iranian media reported that law-enforcement officers had captured more than a ton of illicit drugs on the eastern border, prompting Iran's anti-narcotics police chief to boast of his success in reproducing “breeds of drug-sniffing dogs” despite the “(anti-Iran) sanctions” arrayed against the country. In a more dramatic incident in November, Iranian security personnel killed eight smugglers with RPGs, grenades, and over a ton of narcotics in the country’s often-volatile southeastern region.

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My Comment: With a million plus addicts .... this must be producing a massive social crisis in Iran.

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