Chilean man held with 1.57 kg of cocaine at Turkey airport

ISTANBUL – Police in Turkey seized more than a kilogram (pound) of cocaine from the baggage of a Chilean national at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul late last month, according to police.

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In a statement issued on Monday, the Turkish police said the passenger was travelling from Brazil’s Sao Paulo when he was nabbed with 1,571 grams (3.46 pounds) of cocaine hidden inside whisky bottles at the Istanbul airport.

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The suspect was taken to a court and was remanded in custody, the Anadolu Agency reported quoting the police statement.

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Turkey has strict laws against the use, possession or trafficking of illegal drugs. If you are convicted of any of these offences, you can expect to receive a heavy fine or a prison sentence of 4 to 24 years.