Mr Heroin Is Held; Police Link Up to Capture Turk Accused of Flooding Britain with Drugs Worth Millions

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Mr Heroin Is Held; Police Link Up to Capture Turk Accused of Flooding Britain with Drugs Worth Millions


Byline: IAN COBAIN;STEPHEN WRIGHT

A DRUGS baron thought to be responsible for flooding Britain with heroin worth hundreds of millions of pounds a year was under arrest last night.

Huseyin Baybasin was held early yesterday following co-ordinated police raids in Britain, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Turkey, Germany and Romania. The 41-year-old Turk, head of one of the world's biggest drugs syndicates and said to have links to a Kurdish separatist group and the Mafia, was arrested in Lieshout, southern Holland.

Three handguns and half a kilogram of heroin were seized in the same raid.

Scotland Yard arrested three of Baybasin's relatives in Britain. Also taken into custody were two of his business associates, police sources said.

The Baybasins are understood to have a string of business and property interests in Britain, including a seaside hotel.

Scotland Yard said the arrests - a massive coup in the battle against the heroin trade - followed a lengthy operation targeting organised crime in the UK. It is believed that five addresses in North-West London were searched, along with a popular hotel on Brighton seafront.

Last night five people, all of Turkish orgin, were being questioned by police in London.

Baybasin was one of six arrested in Holland. Belgian police detained one of his cousins while another relative was arrested elsewhere.

Baybasin, married with children and living in a far from luxurious house near Eindhoven, had the perfect cover to mastermind his drugs operation. …

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