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Turkish Labs Processing Afghan Opium Into Heroin to Deliver to Europe

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Turkish laboratories are processing Afghan opium into heroin for deliveries to Europe, the director of Russia’s Federal Narcotics Control Service said Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier on Tuesday, Viktor Ivanov said that Russian and Afghan drug police confiscated more than 600 kilograms (over 1,300 pounds) of opium in the province of Baglan in December in a joint operation.

“The cargo traveled along the route of Badakhshan-Doshi-Bamiyan-Herat, then further through Iran and into Turkey, where the opium was processed in well-equipped laboratories … into high quality heroin, and then was to be sent to Europe and Russia,” Ivanov said during an anti-narcotics committee meeting.

Daesh is receiving between $200 million and $500 million annually from smuggling Afghan heroin into Europe, he said.

“According to our figures, the amount of revenue could be from $200 to $500 million annually,” Viktor Ivanov told journalists, adding that Turkey was used as a transit country for the deadly drug.

Last week, Ivanov said that large shipments of Afghan heroin were being transited through Turkey into the Balkan states and on into the European Union. According to him, the drugs from Afghanistan generate profits estimated at $150 billion annually for the people involved in the operations with them.

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  • The Sicilian and Albanian mafia should really be concerned about this as another main player hits the market. This one is NATO sponsored.
  • professor.hornblow
    The CIA is the biggest heroin dealer by far; Afghanistan is a cheap, reliable and controllable heroin asset
  • Mikhas
    The NATO-enclave Kosovo and Turkey are the main "refineries" of raw opium bound for Europe, yes.

    But guess who´s the delivery man who takes a big if not major share of the profit?

    You guessed right, CIA, safely delivered on US cargo planes just like they did (and still do) cocaine in South America.
  • cast235
    Good work by Russia. But expect retaliations by Europe, U.K, U.S , NATO.
  • Mr. Blair M. Phillips
    The business of business is business eh Government of Turkey?
  • jaodernein ilitiofoniate
    This will give some headache at Langley
  • hp
    In Afghan fields the poppies grow,
    between the crosses,
    row on row..
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