Thursday, September 23, 2021

Zambian woman held with heroin worth Rs 30 crore at Calicut International Airport

Kozhikode: In a major drug bust, directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI) officials seized around 5kg of heroin from a Zambian woman who arrived at the Calicut International Airport from Qatar on Wednesday morning.

The narcotic drug is estimated to be worth around Rs 30 crore and is the biggest drug haul from the airport in recent years.

Based on specific intelligence, office of DRI intercepted Bishala Soko, 40, who had arrived in Qatar Airways flight at 2:25am. It was found during examination that she had stashed three packets of heroin in her check-in baggage.

According to officials, Soko, who had an Indian visa for business visit, had reached Doha from Cape Town, South Africa. She told investigators that she had been told to deliver the package brought from Africa to an agent in Kozhikode.

Soko was charged under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. She was produced before court and remanded in custody and further investigations were on in connection with the seizure.

There have been a series of major drug seizures made by DRI during the last three months from south Indian airports.

23/09/21 Times of India

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