Shillong, April 5: Cocaine worth 17 Crore was recovered at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai from a woman on Monday.
According to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), the woman is identified as Khiangte Lalthlamuani, 47, from Meghalaya. Upon receiving information, the accused was frisked upon arrival by the NCB and was caught with possession of 2.85kg cocaine from her handbag.
“Lalthlamuani can be called a professional drug carrier. She does this job all over the country,” said a senior NCB officer.
The NCB were having difficulty in cracking the case open as the accused, Lalthlamuani was non cooperative with the investigation. The NCB is trying to find who she was to give the drug to.
Investigations revealed that the accused had arrived in the city from Lomé, the capital of Togo, in West Africa. She flew to Addis Ababa from Lome where she was given the drug at the airport.
The agency suspects that Lalthlamuani is part of a bigger racket that has roots in Mumbai and other cities. “Most of the drugs are coming in from African countries,” said the officer.
This is the second time this year that a woman carrying drugs at the city airport has been arrested. On March 26, the Air Intelligence Unit arrested a woman identified as Vanessa De Kock, acting on a tip-off from NCB officials. De Kock was found with 4.9kg of methaqualone worth Rs 1.47 crore.
TNT News with input from Hindustan Times
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