Two Zambians held with over 5 kg heroin


New Delhi, January 2

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) today said it has detained two Zambian nationals with over five kg of “fine quality” heroin and has claimed that smugglers are using new routes to bring in illicit drugs into India.

As the seizures and arrests were made last week, officials in the NCB said, in the first case, Mulapi Joshua from Zambia was nabbed by the sleuths of the anti-drug agency from the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport here on December 25 with 4.6 kg of heroin. His compatriot Mambwe William was similarly apprehended from the IGI airport on December 31 with 700 gm of heroin, they added.

The two had landed here from Dubai, the officials said, adding that arrests and recovery of “fine quality” heroin revealed a reverse route of trafficking into India. The value of the seized drug is around Rs 22 crore in the international market, they said.

The normal route for heroin smuggling into the country is through the Pakistan border and in some cases through the eastern frontiers, the officials said. — TNS



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