Narcotics Control Bureau has arrested a Colombian with 66 capsules of Brazilian cocaine worth Rs 9 crore in his stomach. The man was found to be travelling in a flight from Addis Ababa and was scheduled to reach Chennai.
NCB zonal director Madho Singh said that a trap was laid at the airport on the basis of information about the man and he was detained as soon after he deboarded the aircraft. He was taken for medical examination during which doctors found the capsules in his stomach.
He was made to eject the capsules and then interrogated. He said that the capsules were given to him at Sao Paolo by an African man after which he travelled to Addis Ababa from where he boarded a flight to India.
It was found that in a shift of techniques, drug suppliers have been using people from South America to be carriers instead of people from other places. NCB officials said that efforts are being made to track the receivers in India.
NCB officials said that the cocaine exchanges several hands before reaching its destination. The lab produces 95-100% pure cocaine which is then sold off to smugglers who buy it for around 2,500-3,000 US dollars a kg. The drug’s potency is halved and sold off to distributors for around 20,000-30,000 US dollars a kilo.
The drug is then passed on to dealers who further spike it with baking soda, corn starch, Vitamin C and D, sugar, talcum powder, amphetamines, anthrax, etc.