5 Afghan passengers ingest 370 heroin capsules worth Rs 15 cr, held at IGI Airport

Published: Sep 20, 2019, 11:48 am IST

Five Afghan passengers were intercepted and taken into custody after it was found that they had ingested capsules containing a narcotic substance.

The estimated international market value of the contraband was estimated at Rs 15 crore. The passengers , aged between 18 and 29 years, arrived at T3, IGI Airport, here, by Kandahar-Kabul-Delhi flight at 1800 hrs on September 14.

On the basis of specific intelligence indicating that these five passengers had ingested capsules containing a narcotic substance, they were intercepted in a joint operation by officers of the Air Intelligence Unit & Preventive Branch, IGIA Customs and Special Cell, Delhi Police, according to a Finance ministry statement on Friday.

All five were taken into custody by IGIA Customs, produced before the duty magistrate and admitted to Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Between September 14-18, a total of 370 capsules were ejected by the five passengers and were

found to contain a white powdery substance. Preliminary testing of narcotics substances has indicated that the white powder is heroin of high purity. The passengers have been placed under arrest in accordance with the relevant provisions of the NDPS Act, 1985.

Further investigations are under progress. (UNI)