Turkey seizes 5 tons of marijuana near Iran border

By REUTERS
October 23, 2012 18:21

 
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ISTANBUL - Turkish police seized five tons of marijuana with a street value of at least $2 million near the border with Iran on Tuesday and officials said they were investigating the involvement of Kurdish militants.

Turkish security sources say drug trafficking is a major source of income for the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which took up arms 28 years ago with the aim of carving out a Kurdish state in the southeastern border region with Iran and Iraq.

"Our security forces are investigating PKK links to the 144 sacks of marijuana seized today," an official at the governor's office in the city of Van, where the drugs were seized, said on condition of anonymity.

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