Cur­tains on new trick: `39cr co­caine caught

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - V.Narayan @times­

Mum­bai: Three Nige­ri­ans and a Brazil­ian were ar­rested on Satur­day for al­legedly try­ing to ship out 6.5kg of co­caine worth Rs 39 crore.

The nar­cotic drug had been stuffed into the crevice of metal rings that line the up­per part of 78 win­dow cur- tains (see pic­ture), through which the cur­tain clings onto hooks.

The po­lice said that the metal rings were split open, the nar­cotic drug stuffed in­side and the ring tightly fixed again, said the po­lice.

The four ac­cused—Ni­ras Okowo (35), Si­mon Ago­b­ata (32), Michael Hope (29) who are Nige­ri­ans and Karla Iris Pinto (41), the Brazil­ian—had rented a house in Koparkhairane in Navi Mumb­mai. They were to courier the cur­tains to Jo­han­nes­burg through a cargo firm in And­heri (west). The po­lice are look­ing for one of their ac­com­plices.

Act­ing on a tip-off, ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner of po­lice Manoj Sharma su­per­vised a team com­pris­ing deputy com­mis­sioner Paramjit Singh Dahiya, se­nior in­spec­tor Bharat Gaik­wad and in­spec­tor Daya Nayak which laid a trap and caught the ac­cused when they ar­rived at the courier firm’s of­fice.

Sharma said that the drug ex­port racket used a new trick to hood­wink au­thor­i­ties. “Or­di­nar­ily, no one would have imag­ined that drugs could be stuffed in those cur­tain rings. Each hol­low ring could hold 512gm of the drug,” he said.

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