Over 11 tons of bootleg alcohol seized in Turkey

5 suspects detained in operations in Mersin, Mugla, Bursa, and Izmir provinces

Anadolu Agency Staff   | 24.12.2020
Over 11 tons of bootleg alcohol seized in Turkey


Turkish forces seized 11,400 liters of bootleg alcohol and 300 liters of smuggled alcohol in nationwide operations, security sources said Thursday. 

Moreover, five suspects were detained.

Acting on a tip-off, gendarmerie forces raided a house in Menderes district of the western Izmir province and seized 11,200 liters of bootleg alcohol, said a source on condition of anonymity.

Also, in a separate operation in Narlidere town of the province, 3,560 liters of ethyl alcohol were seized.

An operation is underway to arrest a suspect.

In the northwestern province of Bursa, police teams seized 210 liters of counterfeit alcohol at two different addresses. Two suspects were also nabbed in the raids.

In a related development, police in the Mediterranean city of Mersin seized 300 liters of smuggled alcohol along with 9 liters of counterfeit alcohol.

Additionally, in Bodrum's district of Mugla, police found 240 liters of bootleg alcohol in a car. Two people in the vehicle were also arrested.

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

* Writing by Ahmet Gencturk

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