Thursday, January 21, 2016

Namibian arrested with 20 kg ephedrine

Bengaluru: In the largest haul of ephedrine in Bengaluru so far, a Namibian national carrying 20 kg of contraband was apprehended by sleuths of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) at the Kempegowda International Airport early on Tuesday. Investigators suspect that the drug, worth over Rs. 60 lakh, was scheduled to be received by dealers here.

Ephedrine, a stimulant and banned substance — which is primarily used in rave parties — has been seized on earlier occasions by the city police in small quantities. With a thriving rave party scene in Bengaluru, the substance smuggling is suspected to have been to fuel the revelry here. This is the first haul of the substance by the NCB.

Sources in the NCB’s Zonal Unit in Bengaluru said, “Our team on standby intercepted a 50-year-old Namibian man, who disembarked from a flight that arrived in Bengaluru from New Delhi. His hand luggage had 20 kg of ephedrine concealed in packets layered with carbon papers, possibly to avoid detection on an X-ray machine,” said an officer. Investigations revealed that the accused had procured the contraband from an unknown source in New Delhi and was en route to Johannesburg, South Africa.
21/01/16 Petlee Peter/The Hindu
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