A Tibetan woman and two Nigerian men allegedly involved in smuggling of banned drugs and psychotropic substances to western countries through cargo and courier service have been arrested by the Special Staff of the New Delhi District police. In the arrests made last week, drugs worth close to Rs.1 crore in the international market were purportedly seized from the accused.

A senior police officer said the accused used to send dummy parcels before sending the parcels containing the narcotics.

“They sent narcotics in such a way that even experts were not able to detect the same despite having specialised equipment. They used to take extreme precaution by sending a woman to deliver the parcels,” said the officer.

The incident came to light when one Vashist Kumar, who runs a courier agency in Rajendra Place, reported that one Pooja Ray, a frequent customer, appeared “unusually anxious” over the delay of her parcel containing fancy laces, golden threads and spiral bands. She had dispatched the parcel on July 12. The delay was a result of documentation issues, but the customer’s anxiety and repeated enquiries made Mr. Vashist suspicious about her credentials.

The officer said preliminary forensic check of the substance concealed in the consignment was made with the help of a NDPS kit and upon positive confirmation of presence of a controlled drug, a case was registered. The accused — Tsering Choezom (30), Omenoys Favor (27) and Isika Collins (27) — were subsequently arrested. The officer said Tsering posed as Pooja Ray to send the consignments.

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