Twenty-three tons of marijuana have been seized in Diyarbakır province, the largest amount of drugs confiscated in a single operation in the nation's history, Todays Zaman reported.
The operation was recently launched in the district of Lice and led to the seizure of 23 tons of marijuana stored in large containers. A reported 10.5 tons of marijuana had been seized in a previous operation launched at the same spot on Sept. 14.
The operation was conducted by the Diyarbakır Police Department's anti-smuggling and organized crime and gendarmerie teams. Since the target of the operation was a region of high terrorist activity, the operation was carried out backed by air support. After cordoning off the area, 24 teams raided seven addresses.
According to police reports, the drug traffickers had packed the drugs -- which they aimed to sell in the winter -- and put the packages in containers to be buried in the ground.
The seized drugs, reportedly worth TL 6 million, were taken to the Diyarbakır Police Department's storage area by trucks.
The operation comes as a slap in the face for drug traffickers and marks a record for the largest amount of drugs confiscated in Turkey.