On December 18, with the help of sniffer dog ‘Orio’, Customs authorities retrieved the drugs from the baggage of a woman passenger from Addis Ababa.
Chennai: On Tuesday, the Customs department said, Over 1,500 grams of Methaqualone and 644 grams of Heroin were seized at the airport in Chennai. A Ugandan national was arrested in this connection.
An initial examination led to the retrieval of 1,542 grams of Methaqualone and heroin valued at ₹ 5.35 crore under the relevant sections of NDPS Act, 1985, a press release from the Commissioner of Customs said here. The passenger was arrested an investigation was on, it said.
Methaqualone is a sedative-hypnotic drug prohibited under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
Earlier on Friday, over 900 grams of heroin worth Rs 6.31 crore was seized from a woman from Kenya. The passenger came from Sharjah (UAE) on December 13 and was blocked by the officials at the international airport. An initial examination led to retrieving the banned drug hidden in her rectum.
In total, 902 grams of heroin worth Rs 6.31 crore was seized from the Kenyan national under the Customs Act 1962.
#WATCH | Sniffer dog Orio detected drugs in the checked-in baggage of a Ugandan passenger which resulted in the recovery of 1,542gm Methaqualone & 644 gm Heroin valued at Rs 5.35 crores at Chennai airport on 18th Dec
(Video source: Customs Dept) pic.twitter.com/NK95hTi49g
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