Mumbai: The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) officials, along with the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officials, arrested a Brazilian national and recovered the banned drug cocaine weighing 457 grams worth Rs 2.5 cr from him. According to an AIU official, on Sunday, Manoj Kumar, an airport authority designated to check the screening at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA)’s Terminal-2 (T2), intercepted one Ferreira Nascimen arrived from Addis Ababa by flight number ET 610 STA at 7.30 am.
Upon checking the luggage, the banned drug was found concealed in capsules which were hidden in a plastic cylindrical container mixed with talcum powder in a handbag owned by Nascimen. As soon as the drug was found, the AIU officials intimated the NCB officials who took over the case and booked Nascimen under relevant sections of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.
An official said Nascimen was on his way to Delhi and Mumbai was a stopover for him. The accused was supposed to take an Air India flight AI 677 STD on Sunday afternoon at 1.40 pm. It is suspected that Nascimen was smuggling drugs from Ethiopia to Delhi, and considering the worth of Rs 2.25 crore for 457 grams of cocaine, the smuggled consignment might as well be targetted to a bigger drug cartel in the national capital at Delhi.
An AIU spokesperson said, “It is an excellent detection as the powdery substance was encapsulated and kept inside a plastic container mixed with talcum powder. The attempts to keep the drugs hidden were very smart, despite which the detection was made.”