Turkey: Drug busts net seizures, arrests

By Anadolu Agency Staff

ANKARA / VAN / MALATYA / MANISA, Turkey (AA) – Drug busts in various parts of Turkey netted large amounts of illegal drugs and also resulted in arrests, security sources said on Thursday.

In the Kecioren district of the capital Ankara, police teams held two people on allegations of drug trafficking. Searching the suspects and their residences, police discovered at least 1,300 unspecified types of pills and two unregistered pistols, said the sources, who asked not to named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

In a separate raid, gendarmerie forces in the Baskale district of the eastern province Van captured at least 50 kilograms (over 110 pounds) of opium and 12 kg (26 lbs.) of an unspecified type of synthetic drug.

In two separate raids, police forces in the eastern province of Malatya and western province of Manisa seized 5.1 kg (over 11 lbs.) and 2.75 kg (over 6 lbs.) of marijuana.

* Writing by Ahmet Gencturk in Ankara

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