UPDATES WITH PRECISE ARREST FIGURE, EXTRA DETAIL ON OPERATION, SEIZURES
By Cankut Tasdan, Hamdi Celikbas and Sertac Bulur
ANKARA (AA) - A huge dawn sweep by Ankara’s narcotics police on Tuesday led to the arrest of around 200 suspects in the city’s largest ever anti-drugs operation, police said.
Ankara Police Chief Mahmut Karaaslan told reporters following the raids that the 208 arrests were a record for a single police operation in Turkey.
Around 3,000 officers split into 600 teams, backed by sniffer dogs and two helicopters, targeted 257 addresses across the capital at 4.00 a.m. local time (0100GMT).
The provincial governor’s office said 90 packages of heroin and 46 packets of crack cocaine were among the drugs seized, as well as more than 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of cannabis, 12 packages of synthetic cannabis and 417 opiates.
Police also recovered 22 firearms and ammunition.
The raids were the result of a six-month investigation. The operation was named after Cuneyt Bursa, the Ankara police head killed in last year’s attempted coup.