TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s Interior Ministry on Tuesday seized more than seven kilograms of cocaine.

According to the ministry, a 25 year old Lebanese man attempted to leave Georgia with the cocaine but was arrested at the checkpoint in Sarpi, at the border with Turkey.

An investigation has been launched for illegal purchase and possession of a large amount of drugs and attempt to bring it out of the country.

The ministry reports that the man held the drugs in a cache inside a handbag. The cache was hidden in a photo album. The total weight of the cocaine was 7,348 grams (16 pounds).