Turkish police seize 7,000 bottles of bootleg drink: report

7th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Turkish police seized 7,000 bottles of bootleg liquor and arrested 22 people following the deaths of four Russian tour guides from alcohol poisoning, the Anatolia news agency said.

The liquor was found in a depot in Mersin province in southern Turkey with empty bottles, stickers and other materials used in production, it said.

Arrests were made in four Turkish provinces, including the Antalya holiday spot and Istanbul.

A fourth Russian tour guide died Monday in a hospital in western Turkey following a mass outbreak of alcohol poisoning among guides on a yachting trip.

The victims, a man and three women, were among a group of 120 Russian tour guides on a yachting trip near the resort town of Bodrum in May when they fell ill after drinking alcohol, media reports said.

Police have reportedly found methanol, commonly used to mix bootleg alcohol, in whiskey on the boat.

In 2009, 11 people, including three German students, died in Turkey after drinking bootleg spirits and 22 died in Turkey in 2005 after drinking adulterated raki, a powerful, aniseed-flavoured spirit.

© 2011 AFP

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