North claims most of his illegal drugs come from the south

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Turkish Cypriot media reported on Monday that up to 90 percent of illegal substances found in the north are transported there through government-controlled areas.

Turkish Cypriot Drugs Committee Chairperson Teyfide Tecel Hatipoglu told Kibris newspaper that the number of drug addicts is increasing every day and most are under 25, including university students.

She said more than 400 people had been referred to the committee for psychosocial support over the past year.

The president also said that 80 to 90 percent of the substances are transported from the south.

She made statements the day five men and two women were remanded in custody for three days in connection with the discovery of drugs worth TL 2.5 million (€ 174,184). The operation took place on Saturday between Neapolis and Kioneli in northern Nicosia, during which 1,395 grams of heroin, hundreds of ecstasy pills and 110 MDMA pills were discovered.

Among the suspects is a 17-year-old girl whose parents knew she was dealing drugs, the court said at the hearing.

Meanwhile, five other people are wanted in connection with this case.

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