Security forces seize half a ton of heroin

Turkish police find the largest amount of heroin in 2014 in Turkey's Eastern Anatolia region as in a walnut-laden lorry in the eastern province of Erzurum

Turkish police find the largest amount of heroin in 2014 in Turkey's Eastern Anatolia region as in a walnut-laden lorry in the eastern province of Erzurum

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.

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