INTRODUCTION: Turkish police have found more than 635 kilograms (1,400 pounds) of assorted drugs on board a cargo ship in Izmir harbour.
GV Gazi Osman Pasa cargo vessel at quayside in Izmir harbour
SV Sacks of drugs being brought up from cargo hold
SV Sacks being dragged off and into police van
SV PAN Men being escorted away by police
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Turkish police have found more than 635 kilograms (1,400 pounds) of assorted drugs on board a cargo ship in Izmir harbour. Ten people have been taken into police custody following afraid on the vessel on Saturday (18 April).
SYNOPSIS: The Gazi Osman Pasa was bound for Marseilles and Hamburg. But police stopped the freighter when sacks of hashish, morphine and heroin were discovered among its cargo of hazel-nuts.
Police recovered 629 kilos (1,390 pounds) of hashish, five kilos (11 pounds) of morphine and 2 kilos (4.4 pounds) of heroin. Police in Izmir say they were tipped off and the cargo ship was held up by police launches outside the harbour. The Gazi Osman Pasa was sailing from Giresun on the Black Sea via Istanbul. It could have taken the illegal load of 21 sacks aboard at either port. The drugs would certainly have found their way on to the European black market.
Police arrested ten men, all members of the crew. They say their drugs find comes as a joint success with martial law authorities.