Over a ton of cocaine confiscated from private Turkish jet in Brazil

The Brazilian police on Wednesday confiscated more than a ton of cocaine packed in 24 suitcases on a Turkish private jet, VOA Turkish reported.

A Turkish Gulfstream IV rented by a Spanish national has been seized in Brazil at Fortaleza International Airport in Fortaleza, Ceará moments before it was set to depart for Belgium.

The Brazilian police discovered 24 suitcases carrying over 1,300 kilograms of cocaine. The only passenger on the plane was a Spanish national who was trying to transport the shipment to Brussels.

A Spanish passenger and the flight's 48-year-old Turkish captain were arrested and two crew members – both Turkey nationals – were brought in for questioning.

VOA Turkish reported that the jet was bought during former President Turgut Özal's administration and was for a long time under the inventory of the Turkish Prime Ministry with the tail number TC-ATA. It was later sold to a private company, ACM Holding.

The Gulfstream IV type jet was the same aircraft that took President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from Dalaman to Istanbul during the coup attempt on July 15, 2016, VOA Turkish added.

Previously, Turkish mafia leader Sedat Peker alleged that Turkey had become a hub for cocaine smuggling from South America to the Middle East.

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