Turkish laboratories are processing Afghan opium into heroin for deliveries to Europe, the director of Russia’s Federal Narcotics Control Service said Tuesday, Sputnik News reports.
Earlier on Tuesday, Viktor Ivanov said that Russian and Afghan drug police confiscated more than 600 kilograms (over 1,300 pounds) of opium in the province of Baglan in December in a joint operation.
“The cargo traveled along the route of Badakhshan-Doshi-Bamiyan-Herat, then further through Iran and into Turkey, where the opium was processed in well-equipped laboratories … into high quality heroin, and then was to be sent to Europe and Russia,” Ivanov said during an anti-narcotics committee meeting.
the Islamic State is receiving between $200 million and $500 million annually from smuggling Afghan heroin into Europe, he said.
“According to our figures, the amount of revenue could be from $200 to $500 million annually,” Viktor Ivanov told journalists, adding that Turkey was used as a transit country for the deadly drug.