The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of the Mumbai Customs on Tuesday detained a Nigerian on suspicion of carrying narcotic substance inside his body.
Samuel Nwogbo was detained after Customs officials noticed capsule-like substances in his rectum.
Customs authorities suspect there could be 40 to 45 capsules, which could contain cocaine, in his body.
They suspect each capsule could contain 10 gm of cocaine.
Nwogbo had arrived at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport by Emirates flight number EK-504 from Sao Paulo in Brazil via Dubai, on Tuesday morning.
Customs authorities intercepted him on suspicion and conducted an X-ray. However, nothing could be traced.
“We then conducted a CT (computed tomography) scan and noticed the capsule-like substances in his rectum,” said a Customs official, requesting anonymity.
When questioned, Nwogbo refused that he was carrying any narcotic substance.
However, the department’s suspicion grew as Nwogbo refused to eat anything in the morning.
The Customs officials are waiting for Nwogbo to eject the capsule-like substances, by natural process, which would then be sent for chemical examination.
He has been kept at the JJ Hospital.
“Once the chemical examination report confirms that it is a narcotic substance, we will arrest him,” the official said.
He added that the entire process would be completed by Wednesday.
In September last year, the AIU had arrested a South African woman who was carrying 58 capsules containing 570 gm of cocaine in her stomach.
Pumla Caroline had taken 15 days to eject all the capsules as she had refused to eat.
While she ejected 57 capsules by the natural way, the last got stuck in her abdomen and had to be surgically removed.