A Colombian national arrested Sunday by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) with cocaine worth Rs 36 crore could be working for the same handler as a Bolivian woman arrested on Friday, officers suspect.
According to the police, Freedy Trujillo Renteria was arrested from a south Mumbai hotel on Sunday, while Melgar De Claudia had been arrested on Friday with cocaine worth Rs 20 crore.
The NCB believes they were working on the directions of a Brazil-based handler. “The route taken by the duo was the same. Both the arrested accused had their last hop at Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, from where they took a flight to Mumbai. Here, they took a room at a hotel. We are interrogating them to get more details about the cartel,” an officer said.
Renteria was undergoing training as a commercial pilot, the police said. He had concealed the contraband into several packets stuffed in two laptop bags.