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Turkish security forces make major drug busts

Over 103 kg of heroin, 91 kg of methamphetamine and 257 kg of marijuana seized in counter-narcotic operations

18.12.2020
Turkish security forces make major drug busts

HAKKARI/AGRI/EDIRNE, Turkey

Large amounts of various types of drugs were seized by Turkish security forces as part of counter-narcotic operations in various provinces, authorities said Thursday. 

In Yuksekova district of Hakkari province, police discovered over 103 kilograms (227 pounds) of heroin in a minibus.

Hakkari Governor Idris Akbiyik announced on his Twitter account that security forces in the province had seized 2,115 kg (4,662 pounds) of heroin since the beginning of the year.

In a separate incident in eastern Turkey, security forces found over 91 kg (200 pounds) of highly lethal liquid methamphetamine in two trucks with Iranian plates.

Two drivers were arrested over their alleged links to the drug.

Local authorities said it was the largest amount of methamphetamine seized in a road check.

In Edirne province, border guards at the Ipsala border crossing on the Turkish-Greek border seized some 257 kg (566 pounds) of marijuana in a truck coming from Greece.

*Writing by Ahmet Gencturk

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