Illegal drug trade

Police bust international drug ring led by 'Turkish Escobar'

Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya has announced the detention of 42 suspects linked to notorious drug dealer Ürfi Çetinkaya, widely known as the "Turkish Escobar."

The operation, which spanned nine provinces, was a result of a two-year joint effort against the armed organized crime group, Yerlikaya said in an X post on Feb. 20.

Nationwide Police Operation Nets 8 in Drug Distribution Crackdown

In a sweeping police operation targeting drug distribution networks across Bulgaria, authorities have made significant strides in dismantling a key channel for narcotics trafficking. The intensive operation, as reported by Nova TV, has uncovered a clandestine greenhouse facility dedicated to cultivating marijuana.

Disturbing Trend: 80% of Bulgarian Students Experiment with Alcohol, Marijuana, and Synthetic Drugs

A concerning pattern is emerging in Bulgaria, as a staggering 80% of students have reportedly experimented with alcohol and marijuana, with an additional 30% delving into synthetic drugs, according to statistics presented by the "Kosher" treatment center and reported by BNT.

Bulgarian-Owned Ship 'Verila' Released After Irish Authorities Seize Cocaine Worth EUR 21 Million

The Maltese-flagged bulk carrier "Verila", owned by Bulgaria's Navigation Maritime Bulgare, has been cleared by Irish authorities following the discovery of around 300 kilograms of cocaine. The vessel is now set to resume operations from Foynes Port.

Andean ministers to discuss crossborder crime

Foreign, interior and defense ministers of Andean countries will hold an urgent meeting this weekend to discuss the problem of cross-border drug crime that has plunged Ecuador into a security crisis, Peru's government said on Jan. 15.

Peruvian Prime Minister Alberto Otarola told reporters the meeting in Lima on Jan. 21 will focus on ways to confront transnational crime.

Sri Lanka detains nearly 15,000 in drug crackdown

Sri Lanka's police announced yesterday the arrests of nearly 15,000 people during a week-long military-backed anti-narcotics drive, a crackdown denounced by rights activists.

Police said their operation, code-named "Yuktiya" or "Justice," led to the seizure of almost 440 kilograms (970 pounds) of narcotics, including 272 kg of cannabis, 35 kg of hashish and nine kilograms of heroin.

Irish Authorities Intercept Bulgarian Ship 'Verila' Carrying Cocaine Valued at Millions

Irish law enforcement has seized the Bulgarian vessel "Verila" owned by the "Navigation Maritime Bulgare" Shipping Company at the Foynes port in County Limerick, uncovering a staggering cache of narcotics. Reports suggest that between 300 to 500 kilograms of cocaine were discovered onboard, with an estimated street value ranging from €20 million to €35 million.