Turkey has detained the Turkish pilot of a private jet that was caught carrying 1.3 tons of cocaine in Brazil back in August.
The pilot, who was identified only as V.D., was detained upon arriving at Istanbul Airport from France.
An investigation was launched in Turkey after Brazilian police raided a private jet belonging to Istanbul-based ACM Holding in the city of Fortaleza, and found 24 suitcases carrying 1.3 tons of cocaine on board. The jet was rented by a Spanish national, Brazilian police said at the time.
The police's narcotic teams nabbed V.D. early on Dec. 26 as part of the probe carried out by the Küçükçekmece Chief Public Prosecutor's Office.
Several addresses were raided in Istanbul following the detention and six individuals, Ş.Ö., L.Ö., A.B.B., F.R.B., B.K.Ö. and N.Ö.B., were also detained.
V.D. was previously arrested in Brazil and remained in custody for 99 days.
At the time, the Brazilian authorities said that the chief pilot V.D. had attempted to flee the scene of the raid by starting the engines, but the police had stopped him from doing so by pulling out a gun.