Turkish police seize large amount of hashish, heroin
Turkish police have confiscated 520 kilograms of hashish in anti-drug operations in the country's southeast in the past two weeks, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported Monday.
The police seized the large amount of drug in 11 separate operations in Diyarbakir province and also detained 26 people in connection with the illicit drug, the agency said, Xinhua reported.
Meanwhile, the agency said in another report that Turkish gendarmerie forces impounded 355 kilograms of heroin and 345 kilograms of hashish in operations in the eastern province of Van last month.
It said 16 people were detained in those operations in Van, where vehicles carrying Afghan-produced drugs enter Turkey from Iran.
Turkey is a key transit route for smuggling drugs from Asia and the Middle East to markets in Western Europe.
In 2008, Turkish security forces waged a total of 15,000 operations against drugs, confiscating more than 15 tons of heroin, 39 tons of hashish and 1.4 million ecstasy pills and arresting 32, 000 suspects, according to Anatolia.