Turkey seizes 242kg of cocaine at northwestern port after tip-off
The Turkish authorities seized 242kg of cocaine aboard a ship arriving at the country’s northwestern Tekirdağ port, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said.
Security officials, acting on intelligence, made the haul after they searched the Marshal Islands-flagged merchant ship Robusta, which departed from Brazil on July 4, at the weekend, the Turkish Coast Guard Command said in a statement.
Soylu shared video coverage of the discovery on Twitter on Sunday.
Turkey has long been a key drug trafficking route between Afghanistan and
Western European. But seizures over the past year indicate that it has become a conduit for cocaine shipments from South America to Europe, according to Turkey’s counter-narcotics police directorate.
The General Directorate of Security and the Coast Guard Command carried out a joint operation to seize the cocaine aboard the Robusta upon its arrival in Tekirdağ on Saturday. The authorities were tracking the ship’s movements after they received intelligence on a drug shipment, the command said.