Police seize over 31 kg of cocaine at Istanbul airport

By Merve Ozlem Cakir

ANKARA (AA) – In several recent anti-trafficking operations at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport Turkish police seized over 31 kilograms of cocaine, the Trade Ministry announced Thursday.

In one operation, police found 4,585 kg of cocaine hidden in 39 wallets in the luggage of an Italian passenger traveling from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In another operation, police followed a Colombian passenger traveling on a charter plane from Bogota, with a Turkish passenger, and found 10.45 kg of cocaine.

Another passenger coming from Bogota carrying 14.2 kg of cocaine in a suitcase was also captured by Turkish police.

A Ukrainian woman coming from Sao Paulo was also arrested after police found 67 bags of cocaine in her suitcase.

All the suspects were remanded in custody on drug trafficking charges.