The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of the Mumbai Customs nabbed Naganathan Karupaiya,40,a native of Chennai for carrying 12 kilograms of Ketamine valued over a crore in the international market. This is the seventh case registered since September.
During interrogation,Karupaiya confessed to having been paid Rs 10,000. AIU officials said,he also revealed having travelled to Kuala Lumpur,Indonesia,Vietnam and Sri Lankan markets. Karupaiya used Mumbai,New Delhi and Chennai as transit points in his earlier smuggling visits.
AIU officials said he had stuffed a trolley with ketamine in small packets. Officers kept a tab on him at the domestic airport where he first arrived and nabbed him at the International airport minutes before he was to board a flight to Kuala Lumpur.
This month alone,the AIU has succeeded in six major traps. AIU officials said that most new drugs that have entered the market are of lesser values unlike batches of cocaine. Drugs like Ketamine,Amphetamine and Methamphetamine are easily available in the Indian market. In the last few cases,foreign nationals have carried these drugs to Mumbai even though it is available here. A case of a Nigerian national continues to bother the unit after she was found with equal quantities of cocaine and drugs like Methamphetamine and Amphetamine. In few other cases,we have found the details of the consignment ending in Mumbai markets,with no further transit. This new trend is also an indicative of the changing shift in the choice of drugs this season. We are looking at the profit pattern too, an AIU officer said.