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S African woman held with party drug worth Rs 12 cr at airport

Last Updated: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 20:32

New Delhi: A South African woman has been arrested at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here for allegedly trying to smuggle out of the country party drug Methaqualone worth about Rs 12 crore.

The accused, who is in her early thirties, had arrived at the IGIA to board a flight to Nairobi on Saturday.

She was intercepted at the boarding gate by customs officials and allegedly found carrying 15 kgs of Methaqualone in her baggage, said Neeta Lall Butalia, Commissioner of Customs (Import and General).

Methaqualone is a kind of sedative used for medical purposes. However, it is commonly used as party drug.
Methaqualone is also a controlled substance under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

A kilogram of Methaqualone fetches Rs 80 lakh in black market. "The international market value of the seized goods is Rs 12 crore approximately," she said.

The passenger has been arrested and remanded in judicial custody, the official said.
Earlier on Wednesday, another South African woman was arrested at the airport for allegedly trying to smuggle 22.235 kg of Methaqualone worth about Rs 18 crore out of the country.

She was to board a flight to Johannesburg via Addis Ababa.

First Published: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 20:32

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