The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of the Mumbai Customs on Saturday arrested a Nigerian national who was allegedly trying to smuggle 910 gm of heroin, worth Rs 91 lakh in the international market, inside a home theatre system.
Muri Jssola (53) was arrested at the city’s international airport while he was about to board Ethiopian Airlines flight ET-611 for Lagos via Adis Ababa.
Additional Commissioner of Customs (AIU) BS Nunwal said the drugs were concealed in the system’s five speakers.
Customs authorities found that Jssola had procured the drug from a contact in Delhi and had come to Mumbai by train on Friday.
In another case, Customs officials arrested three persons, including an NRI couple, for allegedly smuggling out foreign currency worth Rs 36 lakh.
Choith Harchandani (49), Lalchand Waswani (78) and his wife Pushpa (71) were arrested with US and Singapore dollars and euros when they were about to board Singapore Airlines flight SQ-43 for Singapore on Friday night.
Harchandani was the key accused, the Customs said, adding that he “used the Singapore-based couple”, who were on the same flight.
Nunwal said Harchandani offered the couple commission of 50 paise per dollar to carry the currency. This is the second time Harchandani has been arrested for attempting to smuggle out foreign currency.
In 2007, he was arrested with Rs 38 lakh worth foreign currency.
Fliers can carry only $2,000 of foreign currency in cash and $3,000 in travellers cheques while travelling abroad.