HOW THEY DID IT

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO -

The co­caine was di­vided into small quan­ti­ties and filled in small flex­i­ble tubes

These tubes were wound around the cur­tain rings

Po­lice have seized the tubes and the ma­chine that was used to roll them

There were 78 cur­tains with the ac­cused and each cur­tain had eight rings con­tain­ing co­caine

The cur­tains were then given to the courier com­pany and their sub com­pa­nies, who then sent the con­sign­ment abroad

PO­LICE HAVE RE­TRIEVED THE MA­CHINE WHICH THE AC­CUSED USED TO ROLL THE TUBES AND RAIDED THEIR HOMES IN KOPARKHAIRANE, NAVI MUM­BAI

By­culla jail re­cently.

Po­lice have also re­trieved the ma­chine which the ac­cused used to roll the tubes. A raid at the Koparkhairane res­i­dence of the ac­cused led the po­lice to mul­ti­ple pass­ports, but none of them is in their names. “The fifth ac­cused is ab­scond­ing. We will ar­rest him soon. We are also track­ing the courier com­pa­nies that sent the con­sign­ments in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket. We are en­quir­ing whether they have any role in it or not,” said Nayak. A source said they sus­pect the co­caine was ini­tially sourced from Afghanistan and was sup­plied to deal­ers in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket. Po­lice said they will be able to as­cer­tain the sup­plier af­ter fur­ther in­ter­ro­ga­tion of the ac­cused. Sources said they have so far re­trieved three courier re­ceipts from the ac­cused, two of which are to Jo­han­nes­burg and one to Auck­land. Po­lice said one of their con­sign­ments re­cently reached South Africa, from where it will be sent to the des­ti­na­tion soon.

HT

The team dis­plays one of the cur­tains used by the ac­cused (right) to smug­gle co­caine.

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