111 wanted in major Ankara drug operation

111 wanted in major Ankara drug operation

ANKARA
111 wanted in major Ankara drug operation

The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on July 12 issued detention warrants for 111 people, including three police officers, over drug offenses.

Of the 111 suspects, at least 79 of them were detained by early July 12 following a huge dawn sweep across the capital, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.

Around 1,500 officers split into 350 teams, backed by 15 sniffer dogs and two helicopters, and targeted 200 addresses across Ankara simultaneously.

During the operations, 67 kilograms of heroin were seized, along with over 38,500 pills, 21 guns, 14 rifles, and 120,918 Turkish Liras ($21,000).

The raids were conducted after a six-month investigation. The operation was named after Hüseyin Kalkan, an Ankara police killed in the 2016 coup attempt.

“Within the scope of the investigation run by the anti-smuggling and organized crime department, as part of the operation against the armed criminal organization whose leadership is undertaken by Muzaffer Arkaç, detention warrants for 111 people, including three police officers, have been issued over offenses of being a member or leader of a criminal organization, possession of unregistered firearms, and drug trafficking,” the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s said in a statement.

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