World Bulletin / News Desk
As many as 3 million 300 thousand packages of smuggled cigarettes have been seized in a ship in the Turkish city of Istanbul during an operation which prevented one of the biggest cigarette smuggling attempts.
The ship was tracked by security forces and then searched after it changed its route to Küçükçekmece district in Istanbul.
The estimated price of the total cigarettes was calculated to be over 28,5 million Turkish liras, according to security sources.
Authorities are investigating the incident.
Turkey has been effectively fighting against cigarette smuggling and thus preventing the serious threats smuggled cigarettes can cause, its economical harm and its role in providing financial sources for extremism.
In 2015 alone, as many as 143,239,425 packs of smuggled cigarettes were seized in Turkey with an almost 2 percentage increase.
Authorities stressed that the counter-smuggling hotline (136) was reactivated to fight smuggling, adding that citizens should cooperate with authorities and fulfill their duties as citizens by reporting any suspected cases.