VAN, Turkey

Turkish forces on Sunday seized over 35 kilograms of heroin in the eastern Van province, security sources said.

Acting on a tip off, the anti-narcotics team carried out a raid in the Baskale district, said the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

A sniffer dog helped the search and a total of 35.83 kg (79 pounds) of heroin hidden in 70 packages were seized, it said.

Efforts are underway to track and arrest the suspects, it added.

* Writing by Gozde Bayar

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