Turkey caught 220 kg. cocaine on a ship from Brazil (VIDEO)

Turkey caught 220 kg. cocaine on a ship from Brazil.

Turkish authorities seized 220kg of cocaine from a ship arriving in the southeastern port of Mersin, the Anatolian Agency reported.

The ship reportedly arrived from Brazil. Security forces detained two suspects, the agency said. Turkey is working successfully against drug trafficking, but it still remains a popular route for drug smuggling in Europe. In addition, domestic drug use must not be forgotten.

On September 25, security forces conducted an operation against another ship traveling from Colombia to the Mediterranean port of Iskenderun in the southern province of Hatay. They found 5 kilograms of cocaine on board a Portuguese flag carrying coal and detained all six crew members.

In June last year, Turkey conducted its largest anti-drug operation and detained 67 people in Operation Swamp, targeting a gang with international ties in Brazil and the Netherlands.

The suspects in the operation are behind shipments of drugs seized by authorities on various dates, from tons of heroin seized in 1993 to more than 18 tons of cocaine seized in 2012, as well as 20 tons of heroin and ecstasy pills seized on board. ship in 2016

According to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Turkey has seized 62% of the heroin and morphine found in the region outside Asia. Turkey accounts for 95% of the heroin and morphine seized in Eastern and Southeastern Europe.

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