Security teams in Istanbul detained two suspects who had been trying to sell a mosaic depicting a woman’s face on Aug. 17.
Gendarmerie forces received intelligence about two suspects identified only as M.K. and H.A.B. who had been looking for a customer to buy a historical artifact illegally smuggled to the country in the Sarıyer district.
They stopped a suspicious car in the Zekeriyaköy neighborhood and seized a mosaic with a female face in the truck.
Its value was not immediately clear.
The mosaic was later handed to the Istanbul Museum Directorate and the suspects were referred to court.