World News – Drugs, 30.07.2020

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Turkey: Police seize record 195 kg of heroin in eastern Turkey

375 packs of illegal drugs found hidden in trunk of truck, two suspects held

Turkish security forces seized a record 195 kilograms (429 pounds) of heroin in an anti-narcotics operation in the eastern province of Malatya, the local governorate said on Wednesday.

Anti-narcotics force found the illegal drugs when they stopped a truck at a checkpoint. During the search, assisted by a sniffer dog, 375 packs of heroin hidden in the trunk, were recovered. 

Police seized the illicit items, and held two suspects allegedly involved in their transportation. 

Malatya governor Aydin Barus said that since the beginning of 2020, local police and gendarmerie forces have conducted 814 anti-drug operations, rounding up 1,258 suspects. As many as 170 of them are remanded in custody.

Operations will continue without any letup. We will not let drug dealers poison our country’s future,” he said, adding that it was the largest amount of drugs seized in Malatya.



Turkey: 2,668 arrested in anti-drug ops last week

In operations last week, hundreds of kilos of illegal drugs, weapons also seized, says Turkish Security Directorate

Turkish security forces arrested a total of 2,668 suspects in anti-drug operations last week, the police officials reported Wednesday

In a statement, the Security General Directorate said authorities had also seized some 152 kilograms (335 pounds) of marijuana, 129 kg (284 pounds) of heroin, 49 kg (108 pounds) of synthetic drugs, 4 kg (8 pounds) of bonsai, 3,000 cannabis roots, and 5,000 drug pills.

A total of 34 unlicensed guns and rifles were also seized during the operations, it added.




Pakistan. ANF seize 596.42 Kg drugs in 13 operations: DG ANF

Anti Narcotics Force Pakistan seized 596.42 Kgs Narcotics worth US $ 11.781 Million internationally, arrested 16 culprits including two ladies and impounded 9 vehicles while conducting 13 counter-narcotic strikes.

The seized drugs comprised of 521.300 Kgs Hashish, 31.200 Kgs Opium, 3.400 Kgs Heroin, 40 Kgs Ketamine and 520 grams Amphetamine (Ice).

ANF Quetta, intercepted a Rickshaw from Simungli road, Khazi Chowk Quetta and recovered 9 Kg Hashish from personal possession of accused namely Badshah Gul resident of Quetta.

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Canada. $33.8 million in suspected cocaine seized from vessel at yacht club

Border officials have seized 270 kg of suspected cocaine from a vessel that was attempting to dock at a local yacht club.

On July 16, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) found out a vessel coming from the Caribbean had failed to report to the agency after entering Canada.

The next morning CBSA Halifax Marine Operations officers tracked down the vessel at a yacht club in the Halifax area.

A search of the vessel turned up packages of the suspected cocaine in various spots on the boat. The CBSA estimates the value to be around $33.8 million.

Two people were arrested. The pair, along with the suspected drugs, have been turned over to the RCMP. 




USA. Nineteen indicted in cartel-connected drug trafficking conspiracy

Organization tied to CJNG cartel smuggled and distributed meth and heroin

Fifteen people were arrested today throughout the Puget Sound region and in California following an 18-month investigation of a drug trafficking organization tied to the CJNG cartel in Mexico, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran.  The defendants arrested today made their initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

This cartel is known as a violent and prolific drug trafficking group.  I commend the DEA-led task force for taking a bite out of its drug distribution and money laundering networks,” said U.S. Attorney Brian Moran.  “Over the course of this investigation law enforcement seized more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine and ten pounds of heroin, and agents and officers continued their work despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

 The South Sound Streets are safer today with the removal of this violent criminal ring that pushed heroin, methamphetamine and fentanyl into our communities,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Keith Weis.  “Without question the critical partnership between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies made today’s effort possible and ultimately benefits the public’s safety.”

The results of this operation are a clear example of what can be achieved through HSI’s partnership with state, local and federal law enforcement agencies,” said Eben Roberts, acting special agent in charge HSI Seattle.”  I commend all of the agents, officers and analysts involved in this operation. Their dedication resulted in the removal of massive 

amounts of narcotics from our community, the disruption of an extremely dangerous supply chain and undoubtedly saved numerous lives.”


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