Turkey, narcotics operation

Largest anti-drug operation in Turkey’s history carried out

The anti-drug operation, dubbed “Swamp” and which ended with 67 detained, was carried out in cooperation with 9 countries, including Spain, Italy, Chile, Ecuador and Brazil.

About 70 people were arrested and millions of dollars seized in the largest anti-drug operation in Turkey’s history, carried out in cooperation with nine other countries, Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu announced on Tuesday.

The operation, dubbed “Swamp” and which had been planned for almost a year, was carried out in coordination with 9 other countries, including the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Chile, Ecuador and Brazil, and led to the arrest of 67 suspects of the 94 who were being sought, and the confiscation of 70 million Turkish liras (more than 10 million dollars).

“The organisation has two great bosses, one of whom is in Brazil and the other is in the Netherlands. One of them was wanted with a red notice by Interpol, and has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in Brazil and the Netherlands,” said the minister, who followed the development of the entire anti-drug operation personally from the headquarters of Turkey’s Department of Anti-Narcotic Crimes.