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IGI Airport Customs nabs Ugandans with heroin worth Rs 68 Cr

By TIOL News Service

NEW DELHI, JAN 25, 2021: THE Customs Department on Sunday detained two Ugandan nationals at the Indira Gandhi International Airport with 9.8 kg of heroin valued at approximately Rs. 68 crore.

"It is one of the biggest detection of heroin or narcotics at any international airport in the country," the Department said in an official statement.

The foreign nationals were intercepted by air customs officers at the Delhi Airport "on the basis of suspicion" they said. The two were coming from Entebbe via Doha by flight QR-578.

"During search of the checked in bags of the two passengers, total 51 pouches containing 9.8 kg (approx) of white powdery substance, suspected to be narcotics was recovered," the officials said.

"When this material was subjected to diagnostic test, prima facie it appears to contain commercial quantity of heroin, valued at Rs. 68 crore (approx)."

Both Ugandan nationals were charged with violating the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act, 1985 and the Customs Act, 1962.

They have been detained and are being questioned about links to Indian sellers and customers who would deal the narcotics.