Ten of the suspects taken into custody Friday were customs officers who were allegedly involved in payoffs that allowed trucks carrying unspecified cargoes from Italy and Iraq to be off-loaded without declaring their contents.
The detainees were still undergoing questioning Saturday, Today's Zaman said. Details of the alleged crimes were under seal by Mersin prosecutors.
Investigators were suspicious of a seemingly informal declaration process in which inspectors met with representatives of shipping companies and customs brokers in the passageways of ships where payoffs allegedly changed hands, the newspaper said.
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