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Security forces confiscate 145 kg of heroin in Turkey

Heroin seized in Kapikule customs gate in Turkish-Bulgarian border and eastern Van province

22.01.2019
Security forces confiscate 145 kg of heroin in Turkey

By Cuneyt Kemal Ozkok

ANKARA

A total of 145 kilograms (319 pounds) of heroin was seized in Turkey on Tuesday, according to official sources.

Turkish Trade Ministry said in a statement that 104 kilograms (229 pounds) of heroin was seized in Kapikule customs gate at the Turkish-Bulgarian border.

The heroin was confiscated from two separate vehicles, the statement said, adding, the drivers of the vehicles -- one Bulgarian and one Iraqi national -- were arrested.

Separately, in eastern Van province, police seized 41 kg (90 Ibs) of heroin and 10,000 euros when it stopped a minibus over suspicion, the provincial police headquarters said in a statement.

Two people were arrested over the incident, it added.


* Necat Hazar from Van contributed from the story

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