Istanbul.- The Turkish customs authorities have seized 463 kilograms of cocaine in the Mediterranean port of Mersin in the loading of a ship from Ecuador, after a similar operation last week.

“Tonight, our customs guard teams have seized 463 kilos of cocaine in the port of Mersin, “Turkish Trade Minister Mehmet Mus wrote this morning on his Twitter account.

A statement published on the website of the Ministry details that the shipment of 404 bales was discovered when analyzing with X-rays in the port of Mersin some containers of bananas from Ecuador.

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In this way, the total of cocaine seized in just one week, the statement said, referring to a similar seizure that took place last Wednesday.

Also that shipment, of 1.3 tons, was camouflaged between boxes of bananas on a ship coming from Ecuador, and the finding led to the arrest of five people who have already passed to preventive detention, reports the Turkish agency Anadolu.

Last month, the Turkish anti-drug agency reported that “a new route for cocaine has been opened from South America to Asia and Europe through Turkey” and stressed that the amounts of cocaine seized have increased continuously since 2016, with 845 kilos, to 1,948 kilos in 2020.

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Also in May, the Turkish mafia boss Sedat Peker, who escaped abroad, claimed in a series of controversial videos that the Turkish shipowner Erkan Yildirim, son of former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, is involved in the trafficking of cocaine from Colombia to Turkey, an accusation categorically rejected by the former politician.

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