Deputy commissioner, AIU, termed it a rare modus operandi to smuggle drugs.
Mumbai: The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of Mumbai airport intercepted one Rabeekhan Abdulah who was flying to Kuala Lumpur by flight MH 0187 only to recover from him 2680 grams of methamphetamine and 2073 grams of ephedrine (a total 4.753 kg of narcotics). The drugs were seized under provisions of the NDPS Act, 1985.
The passenger has been arrested and will be produced before the competent court however sources revealed that Abdulah had agreed to make two trips to Kuala Lumpur for the same purpose. The drugs were cleverly concealed in plastic pockets underneath the aluminium foil of the false cavities of 15 roti makers. Deputy commissioner, AIU, termed it a rare modus operandi to smuggle drugs. Abdullah is a native of Chennai and has had his primary education there.
Meanwhile, director of revenue intelligence (DRI), Mumbai, caught a Bangalore resident at CSIA airport for smuggling gold bars worth Rs 1.3crore. The 26-year-old accused, Kabadsha Mohammad Fawaz, was to hand over the gold bars to a Mumbai-based person inside the airport.
The incident occurred on December 4 when Mr Fawaz flew into Mumbai by Jet Airways flight number 9W 537 which made a landing around 11.15pm Wednesday. The gold bars weighed 4.9 kilogram. Sources said that Mr Fawaz who landed from Dubai was being interrogated. They revealed that the passenger was a frequent visitor to India, having flown to Delhi and Bangalore only last month. Airport sources said that Mr Fawaz always travelled from Dubai to places like Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai, which he had never heard of. The detained passenger hails from Karnataka.