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Nearly 5,700 liters of bootleg alcohol seized in Turkey

2 suspects remanded in custody in central Konya province over suspected links to wave of alcohol poisoning

Ismail Sen, Kemal Ceylan, Gultekin Yetgin, Erdal Turkoglu, and Savas Guler   | 30.10.2020
Nearly 5,700 liters of bootleg alcohol seized in Turkey

ELAZIG / CORUM / GIRESUN / HATAY / KONYA, Turkey

Turkish security forces confiscated nearly 5,700 liters of bootleg alcohol across the country on Friday.

Police teams seized 2,730 liters of counterfeit alcohol in the southern Hatay province and 1,060 liters of fake liquor in the Black Sea province of Giresun, said security sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Gendarmerie seized 1,050 liters of bootleg wine in eastern Elazig province, according to security sources.

Separately, gendarmerie in the central Corum province seized 842 liters of counterfeit alcohol, said the governorship in a statement.

Two suspects were remanded in custody in the central Konya province over suspected links to a wave of alcohol poisoning, according to judicial sources.

At least 80 people have died of alcohol poisoning in Turkey since Oct. 9, according to data compiled by Anadolu Agency.

Bootleg alcohol is made using low-cost methyl alcohol instead of ethyl alcohol, which causes serious harm to human health and even death.

Illegally produced liquor is often laced with methanol, which can cause permanent blindness, metabolic disturbances, and death.

*Writing by Gozde Bayar

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