NEW DELHI: A Tanzanian man who tried to smuggle about a kilogram of cocaine worth about Rs 18 crore into the country was arrested by customs officials at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, a source said on Thursday published official statement.
Customs officials at IGI Airport, together with officials from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (HQ), have reported a case of smuggling liquid cocaine stored in three one-liter liquor bottles against a Tanzanian passenger arriving from Addis Ababa on Wednesday.
According to PTI, the passenger was diverted by customs officials to have his people and luggage searched for X-rays.
“Customs K-9 (a dog named Nile) set off a drug alert after sniffing the bottles,” it said.
Subsequent examination of the luggage found three bottles of narcotics suspected to be cocaine, the statement said.
A senior customs official said the cocaine has not yet been extracted as it is now in liquid form mixed with alcohol.
“Tests using a field kit revealed a 40 per cent concentration of cocaine in the liquid. Therefore, about three liters of solutions would contain about 1.2kg of cocaine worth about 1.8 billion rupees,” the officer said, adding that the passenger was arrested became.
With PTI inputs