Turkish narcotics agents, posing as drug buyers, claim to have broken a major marijuana smuggling ring at Duzce, near Istanbul.
SV Three accused smugglers down stairs, handcuffed each other
SV Accused out of police headquarters
SV PAN Bags of marijuana
SV Accused in front of bags of marijuana (2 shots)
TV Van alleged to have been used for smuggling
SV & CU Police officially sealing marijuana bags (3 shots)
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Background: Turkish narcotics agents, posing as drug buyers, claim to have broken a major marijuana smuggling ring at Duzce, near Istanbul. At the weekend, they completed three weeks of investigation by rounding up three suspected smugglers and seizing a haul of 465 kilos of marijuana.
On Saturday (September 15), police allowed newsmen to photograph the three accused -- and the stacked bags of marijuana. A major search still continues for a fourth man believed to have been involved in the smuggling ring.
SYNOPSIS: Turkish police claim to have broken a major dope smuggling ring at the weekend. Three accused, handcuffed to each other, are led out of Istanbul police headquarters after allegedly making confessions on Saturday.
Police seized a haul of four hundred and sixty five kilos of manufactured marijuana -- packed thirty kilos to every sack. According to officials, it was to be shipped out of Turkey to European markets.
Newsmen were also shown a van alleged to have been used during smuggling operations by the gang. Narcotics agents succeeded in breaking up the smuggling ring by posing as buyers. But they are still searching for a fourth man believed connected with the ring, an accused murderer. This is the second major Turkish drugs haul in a fortnight. At the end of August, a huge consignment of raw opium was seized near the southern city of Adana.