Friday, April 30, 2021

2 Tanzanians Arrested With Over 2 Kg Cocaine Concealed In Stomach At Mumbai Airport

Mumbai: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has arrested two Tanzanian nationals at the Mumbai international airport with 151 capsules of cocaine, collectively weighing over 2.2 kilograms, concealed inside their stomachs, an official said on Thursday.

The contraband, which has been seized, is worth around ? 13.35 crore, he said.

The accused were identified as Mtwanzi Carlos Adam and Rashid Paul Sayula, who travelled from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Mumbai via Addis Ababa. They were on medical visa to India, he said.

"The duo was apprehended by the officers of the DRI's Mumbai zonal unit on April 22 based on the intelligence inputs that they were carrying some contraband substance by concealing it in their body," the official added.

After taking them into custody at the airport, their medical examination was conducted at the state-run JJ Hospital on the court orders, he added.

During their X-ray screening, presence of some foreign material was detected in their stomach, following which they were admitted to a hospital, he said, adding that during their six-day long stay at the facility till April 28, Mtwanzi purged 54 capsules, while Sayula purged 97 capsules.

"A total of 810 grams of white coloured powder was recovered from 54 capsules and 1,415 grams of such powder from 97 capsules. On testing, the powder was found to be cocaine," the official said.

"The cocaine weighed 2.225 kg and valued around ? 13.35 crore in the illicit market. It was seized under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act," he said.

30/04/21 PTI/NDTV

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