Passenger held at Mumbai international airport for smuggling Meth worth Rs82 lakh

Officials of the Air Intelligence Unit arrested the accused who had concealed 1.229 kilograms of methamphetamine in a specially-made false bottom in his briefcase.

mumbai Updated: Feb 17, 2018 01:21 IST
Vijay Kumar Yadav
Vijay Kumar Yadav
Hindustan Times
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Methamphetamine worth Rs82.34 lakh was seized from the accused.(HT Photo)

A passenger was arrested on Friday for allegedly trying to smuggle party drug methamphetamine, worth Rs82.34 lakh to Riyadh from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

Officials of the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of the customs department arrested the accused, Suhaib Mankada, who had concealed 1.229 kilograms of methamphetamine in a specially-made false bottom in his briefcase.

According to senior AIU officials, they had received reliable information about the passenger involved in a drug smuggling racket. Acting on the tip-off, AIU officials intercepted Mankada, an Indian who was supposed to depart to Riyadh by Air India flight AI921. Mankada was detained and his cabin baggage was searched. The search resulted in the recovery of the white coloured crystalline powder. “Methamphetamine was cleverly concealed in specially-made false bottom of his briefcase,” said a senior AIU official.

The official said Mankada is suspected to be a carrier of the drug racket. He was possibly doing the same for some monetary reward. Investigators are scanning his call details to ascertain other members of the racket.

Officials are also trying to find out the source of the drugs and to whom he was to deliver the drugs in Riyadh. Mankada has been booked under relevant sections of Customs Act.

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 01:14 IST