Police Seize Diamonds Worth approximately $1 Million inside Istanbul’s Grand Bazar
Two rough diamonds, with a total weight of approximately 61.38 carats, were seized inside the Grand Bazar at the workplace of diamond smugglers.
The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest covered shopping centers in the world, taking up an area of approximately 61 streets, with 4,000+ shops. The bazaar has different shopping areas, each dedicated to specific products, such as jewelry, spices, leather goods, etc.
This diamond seizure is reportedly the results of an investigation by the local police with the help of diamond experts, ascertaining that the market value of the smuggled diamonds were approximately $1 million dollars (20 million liras), according to the preliminary appraisal report.
The diamonds were reportedly brought to Syria, then to Turkey, via Africa.
Apparently this is being reported as one of “the most important diamond operations in the history of the country.”
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