Sierra Leone national arrested at Mumbai airport with cocaine worth Rs 11 crore

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has arrested a foreign national for allegedly smuggling cocaine worth Rs 11 crore by concealing it in his body.

According to a statement by the DRI, the accused, a national of Sierra Leone, concealed 74 drug capsules, weighing 1,108 grams, in his body.

Based on specific intelligence, he was intercepted at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport by the DRI Mumbai officials on Thursday, March 28.

During questioning, the accused told the DRI officials that he had ingested cocaine capsules in his attempt to sneak in the banned narcotic substance to India.

He was then admitted to JJ Hospital after obtaining a court order. A team of doctors removed 74 cocaine capsules from his abdomen.

The man was later arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and sent to judicial custody.

Earlier on March 24, a woman from Sierra Leone was arrested with 1,979 grams of cocaine valued at Rs19.79 crore. She had concealed the drug in shoes, moisturiser and shampoo bottles and antiperspirants.

Published By:

Sudeep Lavania

Published On:

Apr 1, 2024

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