In one of the biggest hauls in recent times, security forces discovered and destroyed 5,430,704 cannabis plants Wednesday in a counter-narcotics operation in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır and confiscated 63 kilograms of cannabis.
Local officials said raids on the fields in Diyarbakır's Lice district were part of a larger operation targeting the PKK terrorist group suspected of having hideouts in the region. A statement by the Diyarbakır Governorate says the operations were a crackdown on places used by the PKK militants both as hideouts and weapons depots and also aimed to "find evidence on links between suspects involved in illegal drug production and the terrorists."
Along with cannabis plants, 15 caves in the region used as hideouts were destroyed, while there was no word if any suspects in connection with the cannabis were detained.
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