Police seize ‘substantial amount’ of drugs in operations across Turkey
ISTANBUL- Anadolu Agency
Turkish police seized more than 50 kilograms of heroin on Aug. 4, according to sources.
The police headquarters in the eastern province of Van said in a statement that 48.5 kg of heroin were seized in a minibus in the Edremit district and the driver was detained over drug trafficking.
In the eastern province of Bitlis, a pedestrian was stopped by police and 6.063 kg of heroin was confiscated from him.
He was later arrested, the provincial governor’s office said in a statement.
In the western province of İzmir, police found 8,575 cannabis roots weighing 845 kilograms and 172 kilograms of marijuana.
The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a suspect was arrested over drug trafficking.
This is one of the largest cannabis seizures in İzmir, the sources added.
Also in Istanbul, the gendarmerie seized 30 kg of chemicals used for making the synthetic drug “bonzai.”
The gendarmerie units obtained the information that some suspects were illegally bringing in those chemicals to Turkey to produce the drug.
The security forces started to monitor the activities of the suspects and eventually detained two people in Istanbul’s Esenler district.
According to the security sources, the 30 kg of chemicals seized during the operation could produce as much as 9 tons of bonzai.