Thursday’s operation seized tons of illegal drugs off Libyan coast
On Tuesday, Turkish security forces launched an anti-drugs operation in international waters off the coast of Libya, capturing 13.6 tons of marijuana in powder form.
This was reportedly planned for European countries, police said.
A Bolivian-flagged cargo vessel, the Joudi, docked Thursday in a Turkish port, the military confirmed on Friday.
Four prosecutors took testimony from the nine arrested crewmembers – all Syrian nationals – police said.
Turkish coast guards carried out the mission after getting special permission from the Turkish Foreign Ministry in cooperation with the Bolivian government.
The operation – codenamed ‘Albatross' – was carried out with the support of narcotics and special operations teams from the Turkish police.