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YEREVAN.- Narcotics are brought to Armenia mainly from Iran, Turkey, France and Russia, police representatives told reporters on Tuesday.

Serob Harutunyan, head of department on fight against organized crime at Armenia’s police, said opium is brought from Iran, heroine - from Iran and Turkey, while amphetamine and metadoxil - from Russia and France.

In his turn Grigor Malentsyan, head of the South Caucasus Borders Complex Management Program, said opium dugs are grown in Afghanistan and Myanmar and are transported by sea, while synthetic drugs are manufactured in any country, even in Armenia.

Harutunyan said a group engaged in producing synthetic drugs was discovered in Armenia several years ago.

“Police found sixty kilos of amphetamine,” he said adding that the number of those using cannabis increased as well, reaching 697 last year.

The 26th of June is marked as International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

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