Turkish authorities have confiscated 10,300 fox tails valued at TL 1.2 million ($44,544) in four suitcases carried by two passengers arriving from Moscow at İstanbul Airport, the state-run Anadolu agency reported on Thursday.
According to Anadolu, teams from the İstanbul Airport Passenger Terminal Customs Directorate and the Customs Smuggling and Intelligence Directorate were tracking two passengers of Uzbek and Greek nationality arriving from Moscow.
The authorities took action when the two individuals, who brought four suitcases into the passenger hall, attempted to head straight for the exit without going through customs.
Teams on the lookout for smuggling searched the four suitcases and found them filled with animal tails, Anadolu said.
They seized a total of 10,300 animal tails, determined to be from foxes and valued at $44,544, in the operation. Turkish law requires an import license to bring this type of merchandise into the country.
İstanbul prosecutors have initiated an investigation into the incident.
The confiscated fox tails were displayed at the İstanbul Airport Customs Smuggling and Intelligence Regional Directorate.
İstanbul Havalimanı'nda Moskova'dan gelen iki yolcunun valizlerinde piyasa değeri 1 milyon 236 bin TL olan 10 bin 300 adet tilki kuyruğu ele geçirildi pic.twitter.com/c9ebJCsufV
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