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Customs officials have arrested a passenger for allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine tablets worth Rs 11.28 crore by concealing the contraband in his body at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.
“IGI airport customs officials have registered a case of smuggling of cocaine. During the medical examination of the passenger who was detained on March 11, it was found that certain material was hidden in his body. A total of 85 oval-shaped capsules containing a total of 752 grams of a white powdery substance, which is suspected to be a narcotic, were recovered through medical intervention,” said an official from the department.
"When this material was subjected to a diagnostic test, prima facie it appears to contain a commercial quantity of cocaine," the official added. The official further said that the value of the cocaine is around Rs 11.28 crore.
A case has been registered and the passenger has been arrested under Section 43(b) of the NDPS Act, 1985. An investigation is currently underway.
On Wednesday, customs department officials seized gold worth Rs 69.40 lakh from a passenger's slipper at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru. A passenger travelling from Bangkok to Bengaluru on an IndiGo flight was arrested after gold weighing 1.2 kg was recovered from his possession.