Afghan heroin smuggled from Zimbabwean national – the New Indian Express
KOCHI: The Narcotics Control Board (NCB), which is investigating the seizure of 2.91 kg of heroin from a Zimbabwean national, suspects the accused was a frequent traveler to India. Chigaza Sharon was intercepted by a team led by NCB Superintendent Ashish Ojha at the airport as she was transiting to New Delhi via Bengaluru and Kochi airports on Saturday evening. Sharon had started her journey from Johannesburg in South Africa.
To find out the details of the drug smuggling union, Chigaza was interviewed by the NCB on Sunday. âShe admitted to interrogators that she had been to New Delhi and Bangalore before. She was unaware that the shipment she handed over to people in Bangalore and New Delhi contained drugs. However, this was his first visit to Kochi. She is suspected of being a member of a drug trafficking union active in the country. The contraband confiscated from him is worth more than KAR 20 crore, âsaid an official at Kochi airport. Meanwhile, according to the preliminary findings of the BCN, the heroin recovered from Chigaza Sharon is of Afghan origin.
âAn investigation is underway into the source of the heroin. Based on the quality of the contraband seized, it must have originated in Afghanistan. Most likely, the African drug cartel was the main supplier. We suspect the drugs must have been supplied to someone in Bangalore. After delivering the shipment to an unidentified person in Bengaluru, the defendant was to travel to New Delhi where she would have received the pay online, âsaid an NCB official.
BCN also received reports that two other foreign nationals, who accompanied Chigaza, had arrived in New Delhi on Sunday morning. âWe have identified them. These are foreign nationals who left Qatar. We have shared information with our units in Bengaluru and New Delhi. They will soon be arrested. We don’t know if they were also carrying drugs during transit through Kochi airport, âthe NCB official said.
This year, more than 500 kg of heroin were recovered in transit through the airport and the Kochi sea route. Prior to the Zimbabwean national’s arrest, the Coast Guard intercepted four Sri Lankan fishing vessels with heroin in separate incidents off Kerala.