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Narcotics cell trains courier firms to sniff out drugs

Mumbai Police Anti Narcotics Cell (ANC) is conducting workshops with courier firms to ensure that they are not tricked into sending contraband.

Written by Megha Sood | Mumbai | Published: August 26, 2013 12:36:54 am

Mumbai Police Anti Narcotics Cell (ANC) is conducting workshops with courier firms to ensure that they are not tricked into sending contraband.

Earlier this month,a 26-year-old woman attempted to send cocaine concealed in the border of her sari to Canada by courier. Similar cases in the past have prompted ANC to take action.

Officers said that they are training employees of courier firms on the different types of drugs available and how to identify suspicious parcels.

“We told them that if a person delivers a parcel and repeatedly approaches or contacts them to verify whether it has reached,they should be vigilant and check the parcel before delivering it,” said an officer who did not wish to be named.

ANC officers have also told employees of courier firms to watch out for parcels which do not have a proper address of the recipient,but are somehow collected by the recipients after placing several enquiries. “We asked them to verify the sender’s identity card and to keep a copy of the ID after giving the receipt,” said the officer.

The 26-year-old woman had approached a Borivali-based courier service with a parcel which she wanted to send to Canada urgently. When the parcel was checked,the courier company found a few saris and bangles. The woman left after being handed a receipt of Rs 5,000.

A manager,who thought the box was heavier than it should have been,reopened the seal and asked for a cutter. When he tore the border of the sari,he found white powder inside it.

ANC officers confirmed that the powder was cocaine. “It was the manager’s alertness that helped us track the consignment. However,the woman had given fake identity details. Peddlers may send consignments using different courier services. Even if one package gets through,they recover their cost,” said the officer.

On September 25,2012,ANC had seized 84 kg of amphetamine worth Rs 8.4 crore from an international courier firm located in Andheri (east). The contraband was kept in four cardboard boxes covered with tattoo stickers and was being sent to Malaysia.

“We are taking all the necessary steps to stop peddling,” said Satyanarayan Chaudhary,Deputy Commissioner of Police (detection),the official spokesperson of Mumbai Police.

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