Turkish border police detained four suspects, including two Georgian nationals, for trying to smuggle a total of 239 wristwatches into Turkey through the Sarp border crossing between Turkey and Georgia on Monday.
Turkish police said the suspects' walking and enlarged shape of their bodies was what gave them away. The suspects put on multiple layers of clothing, Turkish police said. Most of the wristwatches were reportedly strapped on the suspects' bodies while the others were hidden in their socks.
The Turkish authorities have commenced legal proceedings against the four suspects.
Despite strict security measures on the crossing in northeastern Turkey, Georgian citizens involved in criminal activities remain undaunted in their smuggling attempts. In March, a 22-year-old Georgian woman even went so far to smuggle herself by hiding in a suitcase. The petite figure of the young woman was discovered when the suitcase was placed in the obligatory X-ray scan by her friend.
Last week, two Georgian nationals were detained for smuggling cesium and red mercury, two valuable materials used in nuclear industry, into Turkey through the same border crossing.