Police bust German-Turkish drug smuggling ring

12th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

12 April 2005, WIESBADEN - Police authorities in 15 countries cooperated in busting a German-Turkish heroin smuggling ring in February in what the Federal Crime Office (BKA) on Tuesday called an operation unique in its size and scope.

12 April 2005

WIESBADEN - Police authorities in 15 countries cooperated in busting a German-Turkish heroin smuggling ring in February in what the Federal Crime Office (BKA) on Tuesday called an operation unique in its size and scope.

The BKA in Wiesbaden said 110 kilos of heroin had been seized and 23 persons arrested in the bust which took place in Frankfurt. The search for further suspects was continuing, it said.

The BKA said investigators got onto the trail of the ring about a year ago in a smuggling operation traced through the Balkans.

Together with Turkish police, German investigators for the first time used the method of a 'controlled delivery' of drugs and followed the vehicle transporting the drugs on a 3,800-kilometre route to Frankfurt.

In making the bust in Frankfurt, police captured not only the drug couriers, but also the organisers and German distributors, the BKA said.

BKA president Joerge Ziercke said the German-Turkish police cooperation had made a major contribution in combating international drug smuggling.

German and Turkish police officials were to hold consultations in Wiesbaden on Wednesday and Thursday to trade information about drug smuggling operations in the Balkan region, he said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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