Friday, June 04, 2021

Heroin worth Rs 70 crore seized at Chennai airport; two African women arrested

Chennai: Customs officers at Chennai airport seized 9.87 kg of heroin, worth Rs 70 crore, from two African women and arrested them.

According to a customs release on Friday, high alert was maintained at the airport based on information that narcotics drugs were likely to be smuggled into India. Two young African lady passengers who arrived in a Qatar Airways flight (No 528) from Johannesburg via Doha were intercepted at the exit on suspicion of carrying narcotics.

It was noticed that one passenger was using a wheelchair. However, she appeared to be physically fit. This raised suspicion of the alert officers.

When questioned about her health, the woman became nervous and gave evasive replies. On further questioning, it was noticed that they were carrying one stroller bag each as their check in bags.

It was found that there were false bottoms in the bags from where officers recovered eight plastic packets (four from each bag). The packets contained a powder which tested positive for heroin when tested with a testing kit. The packets were sprinkled with some spicy powder to camouflage the smell.

04/06/21 Siddharth Prabhakar/Times of India

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