Zimbabwean woman held with drugs worth Rs 1.5 crore at Delhi airport

New Delhi A Zimbabwean woman was on Thursday arrested for allegedly smuggling narcotics worth Rs 1.5 crore at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport.

Acting on intelligence, 40-year-old Zimbabwe national Lydia Ndari Murwira was intercepted near the immigration counter of departure hall and was interrogated, which resulted in recovery of Ephedrine, a controlled substance under Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

"The recovered substance in the form of powder weighed 9.90 kgs (gross weight including packing/wrappers) and its value in the international market is Rs 1.50 crore," an official release said.

The passenger has been arrested, it said.

According to customs official, Murwira was to board a flight for Harare (Zimbabwe) from New Delhi.

On December 25, a Zambian woman was arrested for allegedly smuggling narcotics worth over Rs six crore at the IGI airport.

The accused was identified as 32-year-old Emely Chilonga Chibuye.

The passenger, who had come from Adis Ababa, was carrying 41.5 kgs of Ephedrine Pseudoephedrine valued about Rs 6.22 crore.

Ephedrine is an anti-depressant but commonly abused as a party drug.

Story First Published: December 27, 2012 23:09 IST

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