Zimbabwean woman arrested with drugs worth Rs 60 crore at Mumbai Airport

Zimbabwean woman

Customs officials at Mumbai airport arrested a 40-year-old Zimbabwean woman on Saturday as she attempted to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine worth nearly ₹60 crore into India, according to officials.

The woman is a cancer patient who comes from a financially disadvantaged family. According to the official, the drug cartel that was using her as a mule promised to cover her medical expenses in exchange for smuggling drugs into the country.

On Saturday, Customs Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) officers intercepted one suspicious Zimbabwean lady passenger at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, based on intelligence developed and a constant focus on African passengers.

The passenger, identified only as Rosie (full name withheld), flew from Harare to Mumbai via Kigali on RwandAir flight WB-500 on Saturday. She was in possession of 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 drugs seized, weighing a total of 8.486kg, are estimated to be worth 59,40,20,000 on the black market. According to the Customs department, it was cleverly concealed inside the trolley bag, the executive bag, and two file folders.

During questioning, the passenger stated that the drugs were given to her in Harare and that they would be delivered to her in New Delhi. In exchange, she was offered free medical treatment in India, according to the AIU officer.

The foreigner who was apprehended was charged with violating various sections of the Customs Act. Later in the day, she will appear in court.

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