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Drugs worth Rs. 50 lakh seized, African women detained at IGI

Drugs worth Rs. 50 lakh seized, African women detained at IGI

New Delhi: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) seized a consignment of 18 kg drugs worth around Rs.50 lakhs in the international market and arrested an African woman in this connection at Terminal -3 of Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport here on Tuesday evening.

Based on suspicion, the CISF intelligence and surveillance staff, the woman, Belinda Fourie, who was travelling from Addis Ababa by an Ethiopian Airlines flight, was picked up for random checking.

On screening and physical checking of her red colour trolley bag, 15 packets wrapped in a carbon paper weighing about 18 kg were seized, following which the CISF detained the accused and informed the NCB officials.

The CISF said the material was suspected to be narcotics substance, as it appeared to be white crystal powder.

When an NCB team arrived at IGI Airport, they conducted a check using drugs detection kit and declared the substance to be ‘methaqualone’, also known as party drug, said the CISF release.

NCB officials further informed that the said the accused woman was in their wanted list, who had come to New Delhi on June18, 2016 on a Republic of South Africa Business Visa valid up to July21, it added.

The CISF handed over Fourie, along with 18 kg of methaqualone, to the NCB officials for further investigation and course of action.

The CISF said the value of the 18 kg methaqualone is said to be approximately Rs.50 lakhs in international market, however, the exact value of the drug would be ascertained after a lab test by the NCB. (ANI)