Security forces seize half a ton of heroin
Monday, April 07, 2014
ERZURUM - Turkey's security forces cracked a drug trafficking operation by seizing the biggest haul in 2014 in Turkey's Eastern Anatolia region, local police said.
According to a statement from the Erzurum governor's office, anti-narcotics police, with the help of a sniffer dog, found around 576 kilograms of heroin packed in a walnut-laden lorry on the Erzurum-Askale highway.
"The lorry intended to go abroad. Security forces seized the biggest haul in 2014 in Turkey's Eastern Anatolia region. The amount of heroin is worth over €8 million (26 million TL)," the statement said.
The driver was taken into custody but his identification was not released.
Turkey has long been a key transit point along the drug smuggling route from Asia and Middle East to Europe.
Copyright © 2014 Anadolu Agency