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South African woman, aide held with narcotic worth Rs 2 crore at Indira Gandhi International Airport

CISF spokesperson Hemendra Singh said the woman was handed over to anti-narcotics sleuths who later arrested her.

New Delhi: A South African woman, alleged to be an international drug peddler, was arrested at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) with 14 kg of narcotic worth Rs 2 crore while her Nigerian accomplice was nabbed from Burari area here.

Officials said around 10:00 PM yesterday, CISF sleuths detected suspicious movement of a flier, identified as Belinda F (42), who was to travel to Addis Ababa.

A detailed search of the passenger and her belongings led the Central Industrial Security Force personnel finding narcotic drug 'methaqualone' from her bag. The drug was neatly packed in black paper wrappers, they said.

CISF spokesperson Hemendra Singh said the woman was handed over to anti-narcotics sleuths who later arrested her.

Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Director (Delhi Zone) Rohit Sharma said while CISF sleuths handed over the woman to the agency based on their 'Look Out Circular' against her, they later went on to arrest her friend Obiefoka F Okeke (32) from the Burari area of Delhi.

Okeke is a Nigerain national.

Belinda was on NCB's wanted list and was an international drug peddler, Sharma said, adding the agency is on the trail of their third associate J Paul.

He said after laboratory tests, the drugs consignment was found to be 14.2 kg, out of the 18 kg seized from her bag, and the value of the contraband is about Rs 2 crore in the international market.

Belinda came to India on June 18 on a business visa and had its validity till July 21, they said.