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Turkey: Over 1.5 tons of illegal fuel seized

Police confiscation of 1.53M liters of biodiesel fuel is largest-ever seizure at one time

Savas Guler   | 31.10.2019
Turkey: Over 1.5 tons of illegal fuel seized

TEKIRDAG, Turkey

Turkish police seized over 1.5 tons of illegal fuel in Istanbul and the country's northwest on Thursday, security sources said.

Some 1.53 million liters of biodiesel fuel, the largest-ever confiscation in a single operation, were seized in Istanbul’s Arnavutkoy, Basaksehir, Kucukcekmece, and Silivri districts, said the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Separately, acting on a tip, Turkish police launched an operation at an unlicensed waste-oil-to-fuel plant in Tekirdag province before it was transported to Spain with false labeling.

The fuel was worth around €10 million, said the source.

12 suspects, including the factory owner and workers, were arrested for fuel smuggling.

*Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur

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