A Nigerian man, Okonkwoh M. Tony has been apprehended after he landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) from Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, for allegedly trying to smuggle into the country 90 cocaine capsules which he swallowed.
He was admitted to a hospital by the Delhi Zonal unit of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). Officials said he has ejected 90 cocaine-filled capsules weighing 1.3kg in two days.
They said Tony had initially said he had come to India for business purpose while carrying a tourist visa.
“He was admitted to a hospital and after medical intervention, he ejected the drug-filled capsules. He told investigators that he had swallowed these at a guest house in Lagos and then reached Addis Ababa via Lome, Togo. He was apprehended as soon as he landed here from the Ethiopian capital,” an official said.
The officials claimed Tony was supposed to hand over the drug capsules to another Nigerian national in Delhi , whom the agency has been trailing. Tony is been held under provisions of India’s Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Officials said the method of smuggling after swallowing the drug is not easy to detect as it is hard to identify any concealment inside the body.
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