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Three treasure hunters in the western province of Kırklareli were fined a total of 9,450 Turkish Liras on Sept. 9 for violating safe distancing regulations implemented amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local gendarmerie officers caught the three suspects conducting an illegal excavation, during which they were reportedly standing in a tight group.
Each person was fined 3,150 liras, and were released from gendarmerie's custody after processing.
The officers confiscated the excavation materials as well.