Police in Turkey swoop on airport drug haul

Turkish customs enforcement teams seized a total of 420 kilograms of drugs valued 3 million U.S. dollars at Turkey’s biggest Istanbul Airport, local media reported on Thursday.

During a series of operations, the units seized a Khat-type drug in six bags which belonged to two travelers. These bags were detected inside a vehicle at the parking zone of the airport, the Demiroren news agency said.

The police also found a remarkable amount of Khat inside a package declared as a textile item coming from Nigeria to be sent to the United States via Istanbul.

At a separate operation, police caught six kilograms of cocaine inside a suitcase of a passenger, who was checked by an x-ray device and narcotic detector dog.

A total of nine suspects have been detained in operations, according to Demiroren