TEHRAN – In the past week, smuggled goods and currency worth 2,733 billion rials (nearly $ 65 million at the official rate of 42,000 rials) were discovered in the country, said the police chief Mohammadreza Moqimi on Saturday.
A total of 12.431 million contraband items as well as 1.256 million liters of contraband fuel and 783 contraband cars were seized during the mentioned period, he added, IRNA reported.
In this regard, 1,310 culprits were arrested and handed over to the judicial authorities, he noted.
Every year, $ 20 to 25 billion smuggled in and out of the country, which, if stopped, will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, said Hassan Norouzi, member of parliament.
In Iran’s calendar year 1396 (March 2017-March 2018), $ 12 billion was smuggled into Iran and $ 900 million out of the country, according to the Headquarters for Combating Smuggling of Goods and currencies.
Iran, which has a 900-kilometer border with Afghanistan, has been used as the main channel for drug trafficking from Afghanistan to drug lords in Europe.
Despite high economic and human costs, Iran has actively combated drug trafficking over the past decades.
In June 2020, the first phase of the national anti-smuggling plan was implemented with priority given to customs, tobacco and goods in transit.