Around 1 kg of cocaine ingested as pellets by passenger detected at IGI Airport; one arrested

This is the second big detection of Cocaine at IGI Airport in this month. Earlier, 2,838 grams of cocaine was recovered from a Nigerian lady on 09.12.21 who had arrived at New Delhi from Lagos via Dubai.

Rajendra S Markuna

New Delhi:   The customs officers concerned  at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), New Delhi, unraveled yet another case of cocaine smuggling by detecting a case of human ingestion of specially designed pellets containing cocaine, said the Ministry of Finance in a statement on Wednesday.

The officers concerned  identified one Ugandan passenger, who arrived at Terminal-3, IGIA a few days back. The gait and body movements of the passenger were unusual. The customs officer, out of sheer facilitation and goodwill, approached her if she needed any help.

However, the passenger not only refused to accept any help but also showed disinclination to engage in any conversation, while at the same time continuing to exhibit uneasy body movements.

Sensing the unusual behaviour of the passenger, the customs officers concerned  maintained a vigil on her. After a while, the passenger crossed the green channel and was approaching exit gate of international arrival hall, when the customs officers concerned  finally intercepted her. Upon questioning, the passenger finally divulged that she had swallowed 91 capsules of narcotic substance.

Since, it was an impending emergency, the passenger was admitted to the RML hospital. X-ray scanning revealed that the colon (ascending, descending) Sigmoid etc of the passenger was filled with oval pellets. Under expert medical supervision, an ejection procedure was carried out and it yielded total recovery of 91 pellets in batches.

The entire ejection process lasted over several days during which customs staff maintained round the clock vigil at the hospital. These 91 pellets in turn yielded 992 grams of white powdery substance. Diagnostic test revealed the substance to contain cocaine.

Later, the hospital authorities handed over the passenger to the customs. Since the passenger has violated various provisions of the NDPS Act, 1985, the passenger was arrested under section 43(b) of NDPS Act, 1985 on 29.12.2021. Further investigation in the matter is under process.

This is the second big detection of Cocaine at IGI Airport in this month. Earlier, 2,838 grams of cocaine was recovered from a Nigerian lady on 09.12.21 who had arrived at New Delhi from Lagos via Dubai.

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