One of the cops removed the magazine from his pistol and pointed to a cartridge (Turkish cops carry ball ammo in their guns, by the way) and then pointed to my bag. The other cop pulled up Google translate on his phone and typed a single word. It was “bullet.” Apparently they had seen a bullet in my checked bag on the X-ray image.
Shit. That wasn’t good.
You are never paranoid enough, especially outside the U.S.