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CHENNAI: Customs officers at Chennai airport have seized 9.87kg of heroin worth 70 crore from two African women and arrested them.
A customs department release on Friday said a high alert was maintained at the airport based on information that narcotics drugs were likely to be smuggled into India and two young African women who arrived by a Qatar Airways flight (No 528) from Johannesburg via Doha were intercepted at the exit on suspicion. One passenger was using a wheelchair, but she appeared physically fit. This raised suspicion of the officers.
Questioned about her health, the woman became nervous and gave evasive replies. After further questioning it was noticed that they were carrying one stroller bag each as their checked-in baggage. 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 proved to be heroin when tested with a testing kit. The packets were sprinkled with some spicy powder to camouflage the smell.
It was seized under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 read with the Customs Act.
Customs officials had reported a similar case of heroin seizure from two Tanzanian nationals on May 7, based on an input by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). Incidentally, they had also come to India under the pretext of medical treatment.
In that case, 15.6 kg of heroin worth 100 crore was seized. A woman and a man, who had arrived in Chennai by a Qatar Airways flight (QR 528) from Johannesburg via Doha, were arrested. They were also carrying drugs in false bottoms of their stroller bags. Similarly, it was also sprinkled with spicy powder to camouflage the smell.
On questioning, Customs learned that the woman passenger aged 46 years was travelling to India for medical treatment in a super speciality hospital in Bengaluru along with her 45-year-old attendant, a male. They were travelling on a visa granted to them on the basis of communication from the hospital. As they could not get a direct flight to Bengaluru, they landed in Chennai.

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