The Turkish security forces seized about 13 tons of drugs late Tuesday from a Bolivian flagged ship near the Libyan port of Tobruk, the Turkish Daily News website reported.
The vessel was seized in international waters in the operation “the Albatros Campaign”, 55 nautical miles off Tobruk and 322 miles off Turkey.
The ship’s location was determined on January 3rd and it was traced by a plane and a ship.
Turkey was authorized to conduct the operation following approval from the Turkish Interior Ministry and authorization from the Bolivian government in line with both countries’ responsibilities in the 1988 United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.
The amount seized is the largest ever in a single operation for Turkey, the operation also is Turkey’s first security operation in international waters for years, the Interior Ministry said.