At least 50 detained in anti-drug operations across Turkey in two days

At least 50 detained in anti-drug operations across Turkey in two days

MARDİN/ BATMAN - Anadolu Agency
At least 50 detained in anti-drug operations across Turkey in two days

Police have launched major anti-drug operations across Turkey, detaining at least 50 suspects and seizing hundreds of kilograms of drugs between April 3 and 4.

Security forces seized 722 kilograms of heroin in an anti-drug operation in the southeastern province of Mardin, police said on April 4.

The Mardin police department said the drugs were found when a light commercial vehicle was spotted during a drone-backed operation. The vehicle was stopped in the district of Midyat.

The driver was detained, the police added.

In the southeastern province of Batman, one suspect was detained, while 66 kilograms of marijuana and 55 smuggled cell phones were seized, according to a security source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking to the media.

Separately, police detained a suspect in the northwestern province of Edirne’s Keşan district and recovered 47 grams of bonsai, a synthetic drug.

In the Central Anatolian province of Aksaray, one suspect was detained after security forces found 1,000 illegal drug pills, 200 grams of skunk and three grams of methamphetamine.

In the Mediterranean province of Antalya’s Alanya district, 13 others were held in an operation against street sellers, another security source said.

Also, in an operation based in the northwestern province of Yalova, 13 suspects were detained in Yalova, Istanbul, the northwestern province of Bursa and the southeastern province of Gaziantep.

In the southern Isparta province, nine more suspects were detained during controls at the entrance of the city.

Eleven others were detained in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri for selling illegal drugs. Three of them were later released.

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