Turkish dealers detained in drug bust ‘had social security’

Turkish dealers detained in drug bust ‘had social security’

Fevzi Kızılkoyun - ANKARA
Turkish dealers detained in drug bust ‘had social security’

The members of a drug gang detained in a recent operation had been working for a group covered by state insurance, according to police sources. 

The discovery came after Ankara police busted the group and detained 24 of its members. The officials determined that the gang was being governed by two murder suspects currently imprisoned.

In the aftermath of the operation, the police discovered that the gang had established a front company to launder illegally gained drug money. The gang dealers responsible for selling the drugs on the streets were registered employees of this front company and therefore also insured under the Turkish state’s social security system (SGK).

The police have also determined that the detained gang members had previously appeared in a music video that was released on internet. All people except the singer and the leading lady in the video were indicated to be members of the gang, active in Ankara’s Altındağ district.

The police seized 17 guns, four long barreled weapons, 46 kg of hashish, 3 kg of coke, 82,000 pills of ecstasy, 2,100 captagon pills, and an unspecified amount of ammonia to be used in crack cocaine in their operation.

The detainees face charges of “being a member of an armed organization” and “drug trafficking,” as per an investigation launched by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.