205,000 drug suspects detained in 2018: Ministry

205,000 drug suspects detained in 2018: Ministry

ISTANBUL
205,000 drug suspects detained in 2018: Ministry

Anti-narcotics police detained nearly 205,000 suspects in over 147,500 operations across Turkey in 2018, the Interior Ministry has said.

Over 23,000 suspects were also remanded into custody, the ministry said in a statement released on Jan. 7.

The operations resulted in the confiscation of nearly 18 tons of heroin, 1.165 tons of cocaine, 8.56 million pills, and 1.168 tons of “bonzai,” a cheap synthetic drug, according to the statement.

The ministry also provided data regarding traffic accidents in their statement. Thanks to a number of measures taken on the roads, the number of fatal traffic accidents in the last two months of 2018 decreased by 26.7 percent compared to the same period of the previous year, it said.

The number of people killed in traffic accidents decreased by 30 percent, the number of people wounded decreased by 11.6 percent over this period, the statement added.

Anti-narcotic, drug bust, Turkey, 2018