Turkish Authorities in Diyarbakır claimed a huge victory against PKK Terror Organization with the seizure of 40 million Turkish Liras worth of marijuana from the group.
Diyarbakır / NationalTurk – The Turkish army has seized 21 tonnes of marijuana from Kurdish terrorists in what local authorities regard as one of the biggest ever blows on ‘terrorist income.’
‘ 21-tonnes of marijuana have been unearthed, as well as several cells filled with ammunition and explosives,’ stated Mustafa Toprak, governor of Diyarbakir province in Turkey’s southeast.
The drug stash, with an estimated street value of 17 million euros ($22.4 million), was seized after hundreds of special security forces were deployed for the operation last week.
“The operation landed a huge blow to the terrorist income,” Toprak referred to the PKK terror org, whose main source of income is believed to be drug trafficking and oil smuggling.
Ankara says Turkish troops frequently seize sacks full of hashish and marijuana near Turkey’s border with Iran and Syria, where the PKK stashes the bags for shipment to Europe.
In October, marijuana with an estimated value of 1.5 million euros was seized in the eastern Turkish province of Van.
The PKK, considered a terrorist organisation by much of the Western world and Turkey, denies drug trafficking.
Several PKK leaders are labelled as suspected drug traffickers in the United States, which has frozen their assets and shunned them from doing business in the US.
This year has seen an increase in drug seizures in Turkey, as well as an escalation of clashes between the PKK and Turkish forces, which have claimed 45,000 lives since terrorists took up arms in 1984.