0847 GMT May 21, 2019
Both heroin and cocaine seizures rose by 51 percent, with ecstasy seizures up 245 percent, the Turkish Interior Ministry said, Reuters reported.
Turkey is on the so-called Balkan Route of drugs trafficking which is used to supply the West with drugs from Asia and the Middle East, including heroin moving from Afghanistan to Europe.
A ministry statement said drug trafficking is one of the main financing sources for terrorist groups. Police operations against drug smuggling are up about 31 percent and detentions up around 28 percent this year, the Interior Ministry said.
Turkey has in recent years expanded its anti-narcotics activities following a rise in drug use and deaths caused by synthetic marijuana consumption.