By HourlyHits Reporter
INDIA’S elite Customs Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) has arrested a 40-year-old Zimbabwean cancer patient after she was found carrying over 8kg of a combination of Heroin and methamphetamine drugs at an airport.
Media in Mumbai, India, report that customs officials at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport have made the bust as the woman was about to board a connecting flight at the top Indian airport.
The woman is a cancer patient and belongs to a family with a poor financial background. The drug cartel, which was using her as a drug mule, promised to look after the medical expenses of her treatment in exchange for smuggling drugs in the Asian country, the reports said, citing airport authorities.
The Mumbai say the drugs were concealed inside the passenger’s trolley bag and two file folders.
The passenger, who has been identified as Rosie (full name not revealed), arrived from Harare to Mumbai via Kigali on Saturday by RwandAir flight WB-500. She was carrying a medical visa.
“The examination of baggage of the passenger resulted into the recovery of 7,006 grams yellowish powder tested as “heroin” and 1,480 grams white crystal granules tested to contain a combination of heroin and methamphetamine. The said drugs were subsequently seized,” said an AIU official.
The statement further says the woman was found with 7,0kg of a yellowish powder which has been tested and found to be Heroin.
The drug mule was also carrying 1,48kg of white crystalline granuled which have been tested and identified as Heroin mixed with Methamphetamine.
The drugs are worth a combined US$7 880 000.
During questioning the passenger informed that the drugs were handed over to her in Harare and the same were to be delivered in New Delhi.
She was offered free medical treatment in India in lieu of the same, the AIU officer said.
The arrested woman has been charged under relevant sections of the Customs Act. She will be produced in court later for trial.