Turkish security forces seized 85 liters of ethyl alcohol and 1,762 liters of bootleg liquor in operations in two provinces on Friday.

In the western Izmir province’s Bornova district, police teams arrested three suspects and seized 85 liters of ethyl alcohol, 115 liters of bootleg alcohol, and other materials used in alcohol production.

In the Esenyurt district of Istanbul province, gendarmerie teams seized 1,647 liters of bootleg alcohol.

Turkey has stepped up a crackdown on bootleg alcohol following dozens of deaths in various cities this month due to consumption of spurious liquor.

At least 51 people have died of alcohol poisoning since Oct. 9, according to authorities.

Illegally produced liquor is often laced with methanol, which can cause permanent blindness, metabolic disturbances, and death.

* Writing by Seda Sevencan

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