Two Nigerian women were arrested on Sunday, October 17, in connection with seizure of 530 grams of cocaine in Kochi, Kerala, India.
An official of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) said value of the seized cocaine is estimated to be around Rs 5.5 crore in the international market.
The carrier, Kane Simpou Julie (21), had arrived at the Cochin International Airport Limited (Cial) on Saturday, October 16, from Lagos via Doha on a Qatar Airways flight.
The contraband was concealed in the false bottom of her trolley bag. Sleuths approached her based on specific intelligence and made the seizure.
DRI Sleuths then found out from the carrier about the second accused, another Nigerian woman, Ifeoma Queen Anozie (33), who has been staying in India for the past four years.
Anozie was based out of Mumbai and used to coordinate with the carrier about the contraband supply and the carrier’s travel.
According to sources, the DRI sleuths kept the information about the seizure quiet so as to make the woman think that the consignment got through the airport safely. She had come to Kochi via train from Mumbai and had got off the train at the South station.
Later on, sleuths contacted the woman through texts and made her come to a hotel on the pretext of meeting the carrier. DRI officials arrested her when she came for the meet-up.
The Nigerian women were later produced before the court and remanded for 14 days of judicial custody.
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