Tuesday, January 02, 2018

₹25-crore cocaine seized, Filipino held in Kochi airport

Kochi: About three weeks after it picked up a Venezualan national who carried about 1 kg of cocaine in his tummy, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) sleuths on Monday effected the biggest ever seizure of cocaine in the State and arrested a Filipino woman in this connection.

According to officials, Jhonna De Torres, 36, who had landed at the international airport here from Muscat was found carrying 4.5 kilograms of cocaine in her checked-in baggage. The woman was travelling from Sao Paulo to Adis Ababa and from there to Kochi via Muscat.

During an examination, officials found the contraband, worth around ₹25 crore in the international market, being concealed inside a wrapped trolley bag.

Preliminary investigations suggested that the woman had been acting as a carrier of an international drug cartel having strong roots in Latin America. The narcotic drug, which originated from Sao Paulo in Brazil, was destined to be delivered to an unidentified person outside the airport.

Further probe is now under way to identify the receiver.
01/01/18 The Hindu