A 60-year-old Polish national was arrested by Customs Narcotics Control Unit Officers at the BIA while attempting to smuggle Rs 245 million worth of cocaine into the country.
Customs Deputy Director (Legal) and Media Spokesman Sudatta Silva said the suspect arrived from Colombia via Doha and landed at 2:20 a.m. on 14 August.
“The suspect was unable to locate the luggage that he had brought at that time. He returned to the airport on Sunday evening to pick up the luggage,” Silva said.
The luggage aroused suspicion and was flagged for inspection. On closer examination, Customs Officers managed to uncover 5 kg of cocaine, in several rolls of paper, concealed in a fax machine.
The passenger was arrested and handed over to the Police Narcotics Bureau along with the haul of cocaine. Further investigations are underway.
By Nabiya Vaffoor