Bid to smuggle ephedrine, two held

Two persons, who attempted to smuggle ephedrine, a banned drug, were arrested by Customs officials at Chennai airport on Tuesday night.

On suspicion, Customs authorities intercepted two persons who came to board a Kuala Lumpur-bound flight. The officials identified the passengers as Thyagarajan of Chennai and Ravichandran of Pudukottai district. Though a physical check on them yielded nothing, the authorities found out that the drug was concealed in their footwear. While one passenger had concealed 550 grams of the drug, the other 450 grams. The value of seized drug was Rs. 10 lakh, the Customs authorities said.