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  • Updated: January 27, 2023

Turkey: 202 Detained In Anti-Drug Operation

Turkey: 202 Detained In Anti-Drug Operation

Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu announced on Friday that 202 people were arrested in a massive early morning anti-narcotic operation carried out in Izmir.

The operation was initiated at the Izmir Provincial Security Directorate City Security Management Systems (KGYS) building.

Soylu noted that they conducted the operation with the cooperation of the Provincial Police Department, the Provincial Gendarmerie Command and in coordination with the Izmir Chief Public Prosecutor's Office.

He said; "With the participation of a total of 1,472 police and gendarmerie personnel, 24 detection dogs and aircraft, the operation started at 6:15 a.m. Our teams checked a total of 136 addresses, targeting 225 suspects, of which 202 were detained and taken into custody.”

He also noted that this was the first "Rooting Out" operation in Izmir and addressed citizens saying that ''they will witness how the state fights crime and criminals.''

''We would like our fellow citizens of Izmir to trust us, feel comfortable and trust their state, and we thank you," he concluded.

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