Four persons, including an Indian Army man, have been arrested by the Central Industrial Security Force at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here for allegedly attempting to smuggle out a large consignment of pseudo-ephedrine to Mizoram via Kolkata. The 85-kg courier is worth Rs.4 crore in the international market.

In the early hours of Wednesday, the CISF personnel scanning the baggage of passengers detected an object suggesting that some narcotic substance had been kept in two bags. On physical examination, they seized 85 kg of tablets that when tested using a narcotic substance kit turned out to be pseudo-ephedrine. The CISF subsequently detected four of the passengers.

They were identified as Lalparmawia (30), who is in the 3rd Assam Regiment of the Indian Army from Shillong in Meghalaya, besides Vin Ramdingngheta (27), David Lalnuntluanga (23) and Ramdim (22 yrs) from Mizoram. During interrogation, they disclosed that they were on their way to board a flight to Kolkata from where they were going to Aizawl. The four had stayed at Janakpuri in West Delhi. Three of the accused worked in call-centres.

“The value of the recovered drugs is Rs.68 Lakh in India and Rs.4.08 crore in the international market,” said a CISF spokesperson, adding that the Narcotics Control Bureau had confirmed that the seized tablets were pseudo-ephedrine. The accused have been handed over to the NCB for further action.

During the past few weeks, the CISF along with other agencies has detained 13 persons and seized over 300 kg of pseudo-ephedrine.

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