Three detained over cobra venom smuggling in Turkey’s Bilecik
Three people were detained for smuggling cobra venom in an operation carried out in Bilecik province on March 28.
Over 250 grams of cobra venom were seized in the operation, in which the liquid held in a rented vehicle was spotted by a sniffer dog.
The venom was placed in four glass tubes and was covered in paper tissue when seized.
An investigation has been opened by the local authorities.
More venom seized in Bilecik earlier in March
The incident comes after more smuggled cobra venom stored in 93 tubes was seized on March 14.
Gendarmerie forces detected the suspected cobra venom smugglers after contacting a number of chemistry facilities and drug firms in Turkey.
Following a technical and physical examination, the gendarmerie detected a suspicious vehicle and stopped it on the Osmaneli-Sakarya highway in Bilecik.
Cobra venom in 93 different tubes was seized during the search and the four suspects in the vehicle were detained by gendarmerie forces.