Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Delhi customs arrest smugglers after heroin stashed in shampoo bottles on Dubai flight

Two people were arrested after a bid to smuggle heroin into India from Dubai was foiled by customs officials.

Delhi Airport authorities stopped two Afghan citizens on June 4 who were carrying 19.48kg of the drug in shampoo and hair colouring products.

The passengers travelled on flight EK516 from Dubai to Delhi and were arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

The black viscous liquid made to look like regular shampoo was concealed inside about 50 plastic bottles.

Officials posted a video online showing how the substance was checked in an airport trace portal machine and the drugs discovered.

The recovery is the latest in a string of successful efforts to combat the global drugs trade.

In April, drugs worth $121 million (Dh446m) were seized in the Middle East and North Africa by Interpol under operation Lionfish.

Busts involved 41 law enforcement agencies with 287 arrests made.

Customs officials remain on high alert in order to thwart attempts to conceal illicit items by smugglers.

Last month, The National revealed how authorities in Chennai, India, intercepted 2.5kg of gold granules hidden in four containers of instant orange drink Tang.

The haul was worth an estimated Dh600,000 and arrived in a postal parcel delivered on air freight.

16/06/21 Nick Webster/National

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