Turkey seizes 8.5 tons of hash in Southeast
Turkish security forces on Thursday seized 8.5 tons of hashish in the country's Southeast and detained six people, media reports said.
The haul was found buried in a small hamlet in Diyarbakır's Lice district in a dawn operation by gendarmerie forces, the CNNTürk news channel said.
Investigators were investigating whether the drugs were linked to armed Kurdish terrorists waging a 25-year-old campaign against the Turkish military, the Anatolia news agency said.
Turkey accuses the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, of narcotics and people smuggling. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey as well as the United States and the European Union.
Straddling Asia and Europe, Turkey lies on a major route for smuggling operations.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
ANKARA — Agence France-Presse