|To get three tons of hash, multiply this by about 2.7 million.|
Turkish police this week seized more than 15 million marijuana plants over 1,000 acres. And while that’s a staggering number of plants to uproot, the more impressive part of the haul was the three tons of hash police found sitting in a field.
That’s about the same weight as three 1967 VW bugs, a large white rhinoceros, or six right whale testicles.
The raids were part of a massive, 600-person government operation against the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) – which Turkish officials say is funded by illegal drug trade. Over the last six months, 36 million pot plants have been yanked from the ground in seizures. Forces have also found about three tons of heroin as well as “other types of plants used to manufacture drugs” were found, according to the World Bulletin news network.
The PKK has long been associated with terrorism in the region, and is listed as a terrorist organization by NATO and the United States.
The World Bulletin reports that the Kurdistan Worker’s Party has controlled the Southeastern land since the early 2000s when hundreds of villages were cleared out by the Turkish government due to turmoil in Iraq. Turkish security stopped patrolling the land, which allowed the PKK to thrive.
The last part isn’t all that surprising, considering a 2012 report from the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Addiction that says more than 50 percent of the total heroin seized in the world comes from Turkey and Iran.