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Iran seizes 11 tonnes of drug in 'biggest' bust since 1979

Published on Dec 9, 2012 5:02 PM

TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran's border patrol police said it seized more than 11 tonnes of drug, killing one smuggler, in the "biggest" bust since the 1979 Islamic revolution, media reported on Sunday.

"The biggest drug load busted since the revolution, weighing 11 tonnes, has been seized in Jakigour area in Sistan-Baluchestan," bordering Pakistan, border police chief Brigadier General Hossein Zolfaqari said.

The general, quoted in the media, said "one of the drug traffickers was killed and a number of others wounded but managed to escape to the other side of the border," without elaborating.

Gen Zolfaqari said 10 tonnes were opium and the rest hashish, adding that the bust came in a 36-hour operation.

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