Istanbul police conducting operation against drug traffickers

Türkiye Materials 29 March 2018 10:20 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, March 29

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

Istanbul police are conducting an operation against drug traffickers, the city police department said in a message March 29.

The operation is underway in Eskiyurt and Esenler districts of Istanbul. There are detainees whose names are not disclosed.

In January-February 2018, 3,722 kilograms of heroin have been confiscated, the Turkish Interior Ministry said earlier.

During the reporting period, 16,802 kilograms of psychotropic substances and 202 kilograms of Bonzai drugs were confiscated in Turkey.

During the reporting period, 3,823 people, including foreigners, were detained within the fight against drug traffickers.

In total, 20,000 tons of heroin was confiscated in Turkey in 2017.

The minimum age of Turkish citizens who start using drugs is 13, the average age is 36, and the highest age is 65. Thus, 2.9 percent of the country's population account for drug addicts aged 15-24, 2.8 percent - drug addicts aged 25-44, 2.3 percent - drug addicts aged 45-64.

More than 300,000 people have been detained in Istanbul for using and selling drugs over the past four years.


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