Curtains on new trick: `39cr cocaine caught
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.