Five foreign nationals arrested at IGI for smuggling drugs

Published - September 20, 2019 01:48 am IST - NEW DELHI

In a joint operation with Delhi Police, the Customs Department busted a module of international drug cartel and arrested five foreign nationals trying to smuggle drugs into the country.

Joint Commissioner of Customs Anubha Sinha said they had received a tip-off that an international gang of smugglers was attempting to smuggle suspicious material into India.


“On September 14, five Afghan nationals arrived at T3 of IGI Airport from Kandahar-Kabul-Delhi flight. Based on specific Intelligence, we came to know that these five passengers had ingested capsules containing a narcotic substance,” Mr. Sinha said.

The passengers were intercepted in a joint operation by officers of the air intelligence unit and preventive branch, IGIA Customs and special cell of Delhi Police.

They were taken into custody and produced before the Duty Magistrate.

370 capsules extracted

The accused were admitted to Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and doctors have been able to extract 370 capsules filed with white powder.

“The narcotics testing has indicated that this substance is heroin of high purity. The capsules have been seized and all five passengers have been placed under arrest in accordance with relevant provisions of the NDPS Act,” an officer said.

The officer told that each capsules weigh around 10 g of heroin.

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