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Police wait to recover pills from African woman

It has been the longest wait for the Customs authorities for a seizure. Pumla Caroline, a 33-year-old South African woman was detained 10 days ago on suspicion of carrying cocaine in capsules concealed in her stomach.

mumbai Updated: Sep 11, 2009 02:23 IST
Manish Pachouly

It has been the longest wait for the Customs authorities for a seizure.

Pumla Caroline, a 33-year-old South African woman was detained 10 days ago on suspicion of carrying cocaine in capsules concealed in her stomach.

The Customs officials have recovered 57 capsules and medical examination showed that one is still in her stomach.

Caroline has been in JJ Hospital since September 1 when she was intercepted at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on her arrival from Sao Paulo in Brazil via Dubai, by the Air intelligence Unit (AIU) of Mumbai Customs.

A senior Customs official said that they have not been able to send the powder recovered from 57 capsules for test as they could do so only after seizing the entire consignment.

“The sole capsule is still stopping us from moving to the next procedure which is chemical analysis test of the powder,” the official said.

Additional Commissioner of Customs (AIU), B S Nunwal confirmed that one capsule was yet to be recovered.

The Customs officials had managed to recover the first capsule only 51 hours after Caroline was intercepted, as she refused to eat anything in a bid to delay the inevitable.

Customs officials said that Caroline has not yet been arrested as all the capsules have not been recovered and the powder is yet to be chemically tested. “Only after tests confirm that the powder is cocaine will we arrest her,” the official said.

He added that Caroline has been detained so far with special permission from the court.

The Customs authorities are also yet to question Caroline in detail and would do so only after her arrest.

The agency wants to find out how she procured the drugs and to whom she was supposed to deliver them in India.