Major anti-drugs operation leads to 95 arrests in Turkey

Major anti-drugs operation leads to 95 arrests in Turkey
Major anti-drugs operation leads to 95 arrests in Turkey. Image: afad tuncay/

A major anti-narcotics operation has taken place in the northwestern Turkish province of Bursa. 

Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu announced that 95 suspects have been detained in a simultaneous operation which was carried out at 70 addresses and in search of 110 previously identified suspects. The operation brought together officers from various branches of the security services. In total 1,730 personnel were involved. 

Reports in Hurriyet Daily News stated that during the searches 215 grams of marijuana, 150 grams of synthetic cannabinoid bonsai, 325 grams of methamphetamine, six pistols and two shotguns were seized. 

This is the second major operation in the last couple months after previous searches in September led to 132 arrests. However, Solyu has said that the groups involved in this trade continue to carry out the largest drug operations in the history of Turkey, and that across the nation an average of 5,000 drug dealers of manufacturers are detained per week. 

Solyu explained that this was the “second arrival” in Bursa for the Turkish security forces but underlined that if it is necessary “we will come a thousand times”. 

In a separate operation, the police also seized 1,900 kilos of marijuana in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. 

Solyu made clear that the forces are determined to combat this problem by stating “we have sworn to root out this matter”. 

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