A 30-year-old Zimbabwean woman was arrested in India for allegedly smuggling 2.91kg heroin through Cochin International Airport.
The woman, identified as Sharon Chigwaza was busted with the contraband by the Narcotics Control Bureau on Monday, Yahoo News reports.
Acting on a specific intelligence input, officers of Narcotics Control Bureau Cochin Sub Zonal Unit, seized the 2.91 kgs of heroin from Chigwaza who arrived at the airport from Johannesburg on June 19.
Narcotics Control Bureau officers intercepted Chigwaza who is suspected to be a member of the drug smuggling syndicate active in India.
Upon searching her, they found the contraband concealed in the specially made false bottom of her trolley bag on her arrival, the agency said in a release.Preliminary investigation revealed that the source of the seized contraband was Johannesburg, where it was handed over to her by a Nigerian living in South Africa and the destination was Delhi via Doha-Cochin-Bangalore.She was scheduled to travel to Delhi soon after her arrival in Kochi.
In an almost similar development, a Zimbabwean woman was arrested in India last year after being found with a narcotic substance.
The woman, identified as 45-year-old Norest Gwatidzo, was arrested at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi by agents from India’s Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).According to CISF officials, surveillance and intelligence staff noticed the woman moving suspiciously at the airport and invited her for a search.On physical search of the bag, 15 polythene pouches with pseudoephedrine were found concealed in between her clothes.Gwatidzo was immediately arrested and the drug said to be worth about US$31,600 was also recovered.