26 tonnes of chemicals used in drug manufacturing seized at Turkey’s İzmir port

Turkish officials have seized over 26 tonnes of chemicals used in drug manufacturing in a container arriving from China at İzmir’s Aliağa Port, Sözcü newspaper reported on Saturday.

A police investigation involving multiple units, including counter-narcotics, revealed 26 tonnes and 160 kilograms of acetyl chloride hydraulic acid found in 120 barrels, the newspaper said.

The investigation marks the largest amount of chemicals seized in a single operation in Turkey.

One person has been detained as part of the investigation with officials saying the chemicals were slated to be used in the production of 13 tonnes of heroin, according to Sözcü.

Fugitive mob boss Sedat Peker earlier this year claimed that the city of İzmir on Turkey’s Aegean coast functioned as a portal for drugs arriving from South Americain a government-sanctioned drug trafficking ring. Government officials have denied the claims.

Peker has made headlines since May over his tell-all YouTube videos implicating former and current government officials in serious crimes.

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