Turkey: Security forces seize 10 tons of heroin in 2018

By Sefa Sahin

ANKARA (AA) – Turkish security forces have seized around 10 tons of heroin so far this year, the Interior Ministry announced on Sunday.

A ministry statement said 117,267 people were arrested in the same period for alleged drug trafficking, and 13,773 of them were remanded in custody.

In the same period of 2017, security forces had seized more than 7 tons of heroin, making this year's total a rise of about 40 percent.

The amounts of other drugs seized in 2018 also climbed in comparison with the same period in 2017.

So far this year security forces have seized around 45 tons of marijuana, 251 kg (553 lb.) of cocaine, 148 kg (326 lb.) of opium, 521 kg (1,148 lb.) of bonzai, 289 kg (637 lb.) of methamphetamines, and more than 5.5 million cannabis plants, the statement said.