People pass through security control at Istanbul Airport, which opened last year [File: Umit Bektas/Reuters]

At least five kilograms of heroin capsules have been seized in the first drug bust at the newly-opened Istanbul Airport, Turkish media reported.

According to the state-run Anadolu Agency, nine Iranian suspects, who flew to Istanbul from Turkey‘s southeastern province of Hakkari, were arrested by police on Friday.

After an initial body search yielded nothing, the suspects were sent to a hospital for MR scan, where 350 capsules were detected in the bodies of eight of the suspects. According to the medical report, they were retrieved through defecation.

Following the closure of the Istanbul Ataturk Airport on April 6, Istanbul Airport replaced it as the main airport of

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