Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 5
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Some 615 kilograms of cocaine were confiscated in Turkey’s southern Mersin province, Trend reports referring to the Turkish media.
A big batch of heroin was confiscated during a special operation conducted by the provincial police. The cocaine was found in one of the trucks.
Several individuals were detained. Their names have not been disclosed.
In total, 20,000 tons of heroin were confiscated in Turkey in 2017.
Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the country is facing a great risk and must tighten the fight against drug addiction and drug trafficking.
"The death toll from drug overdose is growing every year," the minister said.
The minimum age of Turkish citizens who start using drugs is 13, the average age is 36, the maximum age is 65.
There are 22 centers in the country where the drug addicts are undergoing treatment.
More than 300,000 people have been detained in Istanbul for using and selling drugs over the past four years.
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