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‘Kolkata airport emerging as drug trafficking corridor’

Kolkata International Airport is fast emerging as a transit corridor for banned drugs,say Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) officials.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: August 26, 2013 2:11:05 am

Kolkata International Airport is fast emerging as a transit corridor for banned drugs,say Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) officials. The recent arrests and seizures made by NCB,Eastern Zone reveals how frequently carriers use the Kolkata airport as a corridor to smuggle drugs.

In the last three weeks,NCB has seized 91 kg pseudoephedrine,worth Rs 120 crore. Pseudoephedrine is used for producing methamphetamine,a popular party drug.

In the first week of August,in two separate incidents,NCB seized 91 kg pseudoephedrine and arrested seven carriers including three women. All of them were from Mizoram and were travelling from Delhi to Mizoram. From Mizoram,they would be sent to Myanmar.

The modus operandi of these people remain the same. The banned substances are carried in small packets in the check-in luggage as scanners fail to identify them.

“We have arrested couriers of a huge large drug peddling racket that procure pseudoephedrine. The drug is used to manufacture cough syrups and tablets. These drugs are reprocessed to extract pure pseudoephedrine,which gets transported to Myanmar and other countries for chemical reconstitution into methamphetamine (Ecstasy drug). The seized consignment was to be sent to Mizoram for further smuggling to Myanmar,” an official said. Last week,NCB team arrested a Zimbabwean national with 23 kg methaqualone. The 40-year-old,is believed to have told officials she was taking the consignment worth Rs 2.5 crore to South Africa. The foreign national is currently lodged in Dumdum prison.

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