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Man held with heroin in tummy at IGIA

The customs department at the IGIA caught a Nepali on Friday for trying to smuggle in heroin, reports Sidhartha Roy.
Hindustan Times | By Sidhartha Roy, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2008 12:51 AM IST

The customs department at the Indira Gandhi International Airport caught a Nepali on Friday for trying to smuggle in heroin.

“At 2 pm on Friday, we intercepted a 30-year-old Nepali national — Sanda Tamang — after he arrived at the IGI airport in a Kam Air flight from Kabul, Afghanistan,” said a senior Customs official.

“After sustained questioning, he admitted to have consumed 84 capsules containing heroin. He was produced before a court which ordered a recovery of the capsules,” he said.

“Tamang has been admitted in a hospital right now where the recovery of the contraband is going on. We will be able to tell later how much heroin he was carrying on his person,” he said.

Consuming capsules containing narcotics is an old tactic used by drug peddlers. When contained inside capsules, it becomes difficult for Customs officials to detect the narcotics and even sniffer dogs fail to detect them.

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