16 Dec 2012

Rebel marijuana stocks seized

8:22 am on 16 December 2012

The Turkish army has seized 21 tonnes of marijuana, ammunition and explosives from Kurdish rebels. The drugs had an estimated street value of 17 million euros.

AAP reports hundreds of special security forces were deployed in Diyarbakir province in southeast Turkey on Thursday.

"The operation landed a huge blow to the terrorist income," said governor Mustafa Toprak on Saturday, referring to the Kurdistan Workers Party, whose main source of income is believed to be drug trafficking.

AAP reports Turkish troops frequently seize sacks full of hashish and marijuana near the border with Iran and Syria, where the PKK stores the bags for shipment to Europe.

Marijuana with an estimated value of 1.5 million euros was seized in the eastern province of Van in October.