MUMBAI: The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) arrested a Zambian national for smuggling drugs at Mumbai airport early on Thursday morning. The passenger was carrying six kilograms of amphetamine drugs worth Rs 6 crore. The drugs were concealed in thread bobbins. This is the second case of drug seizure in a week where the contraband was hidden in thread bobbins.
Mphakati Alice was on her way to Lilongwe in Malawi. She was checking in for an Ethiopian Airways flight in the morning when AIU officials intercepted her. The officials said they had specific intelligence about the presence of the contraband.
On opening her check-in bag, AIU officials found 140 bobbins. On unspooling the thread, they found small packets of amphetamine stuck to the bobbins. “The passenger (Alice) had collected the consignment from Mumbai. She has given some details of the people who handed the consignment to her. We are trying to trace them,” said an AIU official.
P M Saleem, commissioner, airport customs, confirmed the incident. Alice, officials said, is a beautician and a single mother to two children.
This is the second such case in a week. Last Friday, a South African national was arrested for carrying methaqualone worth Rs 13 crore. Her consignment came through Delhi. She, too, had concealed the drug in thread bobbins. AIU officials said it is tough to detect the presence of drugs in bobbins unless there is an intelligence input. AIU officers said smugglers are roping in more women as carriers as they are perceived to be above suspicion.
Original article on Times of India here