Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Drug Seizure Doubles at Airports Across India

From hiding it in cricket thigh pads, talcum powder boxes and false cavity baggage to taping it to the body, drug smugglers have tried every trick under the sun to evade checks at the airports. Notwithstanding the innovative ways smugglers are coming up with and the growing list of new illegal substances, drug seizures have doubled this year.

A CISF official said, as compared to the 10 drug seizures in 2017, this year has already seen 20 seizures, which include cocaine, pseudoephedrine, opium flower powder and ganja. An official with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is responsible for security of airports, said the narcotic control bureau who was conducting intensive training of its staff to help them identify drugs concealed in hand and check-in baggage.

"We have enhanced our skill to catch drug smugglers, and NCB has helped us in that. As a result, we have been able to catch more smugglers this year and even in cases, where concealment was difficult to find, we managed to recover them," said MA Ganapathy, ADG (airport) of CISF.
CISF's latest big catch came on September 24 at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) when they caught an Istanbul-bound passenger carrying 130,000 tablets of Tramadol, a pain relief drug that is banned in India, weighing about 64 kg.
23/10/18 Mcclatchy/AviationPros

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