10 held, 400 kg drugs seized in Turkey

June 9th, 2010 - 6:52 am ICT by IANS  

Ankara, June 9 (IANS) Ten people were arrested and more than 400 kg of contraband drugs was seized from different areas in Turkey Tuesday, Anatolia news agency reported.
Acting on a tip-off, an anti-narcotics team raided a warehouse of fruits and vegetables in Akdeniz town of Mersin province in south Turkey and found 313.5 kg heroin. Six people have been arrested in this connection.

The drug was brought to Mersin from Turkey’s eastern provinces and traffickers were planning to send it to Europe, Xinhua reported quoting officials.

The officials also recovered 87 kg of heroin and 11 kg of hashish in three separate operations in eastern province of Van, arresting four suspects.

Turkey is a key transit route for smuggling drugs from Asia and the Middle East to markets in western Europe.

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