August 13, 2020 | 5:32 PM IST
smuggling heroin

Afghans with over Rs 1.8 cr heroin-filled capsules ingested nabbed

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested five people, including three Afghan nationals on Friday for allegedly smuggling heroin worth Rs 1.8 crore by ingesting over 220 drug-filled capsules. The Afghan nationals were arrested from the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport after they landed there. 

The sleuths nabbed two other youth from Haryana, who were part of the distribution racket across north India, while a 23-year-old Nigerian Nicholas NZube Ukaegbu – who was to receive the consignment – is at large. The two Haryana youth have been identified as Rajender Kumar and Sukhwinder Singh.
The three accused have been identified as Niamatullah Khaksar, Gul Ahmad and Sayed Mahmood Qitali. Zonal Director of NCB KPS Malhotra said that the Afghans had flown in from Kabul in Air Ariana flight and were taken for a medical examination during which the doctors found the capsules in their stomach.

The doctors extracted the capsules after keeping them under observation. He said that a Kandahar-based man had hired the three persons and packed the heroine and made them swallow the capsule. The drugs were to be delivered in South Delhi’s Dwarka’s Sector 19.

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