Istanbul Police Department launched 55 operations against drug abuse across the city and detained around 200 people in the last ten days, Istanbul Narcotic Branch Office said on Monday in a press conference.
The operations come shortly after the Turkish government unveiled a bill to tackle illegal drug use.
“In the last ten days, the police department launched 55 operations across Istanbul and detained over 200 people including 106 users and 97 drug peddlers,” the department said.
According to the Narcotic Branch Office, the police seized 6 kilograms of marijuana, 677 grams of bonzai — a form of synthesized marijuana which is classified as the most dangerous drug in the country — more than 4,080 ecstasy tablets and 199 grams of cocaine.
“45 of the 200 people detained were arrested,” the narcotic branch said.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his government have pledged a stronger effort in the fight against drugs, including a blanket ban on underground intoxicants and chemical substances.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Nov. 28 that his government is fully committed to eliminating the problem of drug use, addiction and trafficking by raising public awareness in all segments of Turkish society.
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