The Turkish security forces and police seized large amount of drugs in several operations in Turkey on Monday, semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.
The Turkish security forces confiscated 245 kg of heroin and seven kg of hashish in an operation conducted in northwestern province of Istanbul, the report said, adding 16 people were arrested suspected of in connection with the illicit drugs.
In another operation, the Turkish police stopped a car and found 35 kg of heroin stashed in the vehicle in central Anatolian province of Aksaray, the report said, adding two people were detained.
Meanwhile, the Turkish security forces confiscated a total of 19.5 kg of hashish in simultaneous operations conducted at 57 locations, including Akhisar, Gordes, Kirkagac, Koprubasi and Saruhanli towns of western province of Manisa and north-western province of Balikesir as well as southern province of Antalya, said Chief of Manisa Police Adem Aydemir.
A total of 37 people were arrested suspected of in connection with the illicit drugs, Aydemir added.
Turkey is a key transit route for smuggling drugs from Asia and the Middle East to markets in western Europe.
22:11, December 13, 2010