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Old 29-May-2008
1.25 kg heroin found inside Nigerian

CHENNAI: After two Filipinos and a Thai, it was a Nigerian woman's turn to land in the enforcement net for trying to smuggle 1.25 kg of heroin through Chennai airport on Tuesday.

Unlike the Filipinos and Thai women who had concealed heroin in their bags, the Nigerian had swallowed them in capsular form. While the previous destinations were Far East, the Nigerian smuggler was headed for Colombo. The origin (Delhi) and final destination (East Asia) are, however, common in all the four cases.

Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials on Tuesday arrested 23-year-old Nigerian Rehemamuyanja Namuyanja, on a tip-off and recovered 1.25 kg of heroin, around 900 gram from her rectum and another 350 grams from her digestive system. DRI sleuths intercepted the woman, who was about to board a Sri Lankan Airlines flight to Colombo on Tuesday night. She was very arrogant when the DRI officials cornered her and refused to co-operate.

However, when she came to know that the officials had specific information, she agreed to co-operate.

"We took her to a private hospital and removed the capsules of heroin from her rectum. When we further interrogated her, she admitted to have swallowed more than 30 such capsules, each containing 10 grams of heroin. She was then subjected to a CT scan and the scan images showed the capsules in her intestine," a DRI source told The Times Of India.

According to sources in Apollo hospital, where she was admitted to, the drug was first put in a polythene cover and then in a condom. The capsule was then wrapped in a tissue and a final digestion-resistant coating was given on it. "We removed almost all capsules by Wednesday night. A final CT has been performed and we doubt one or two capsules are still left in her body. We will examine her once again," a hospital source said.

Namuyanja, according to DRI sources, was a professional carrier. "She came down to Chennai by a Delhi-Chennai Spice Jet flight around 9.30 on Tuesday. She sat in the airport till 10 pm for the connection flight to Colombo. The rectum and intestinal concealment is not easy and only experts can do that. The carriers cannot have food after swallowing the drug capsules. This is the first time we are catching an African woman trying this type of concealment," a DRI official said.

Namuyanja had all her tickets confirmed till Beijing. "She came down to Delhi from Cambala, Uganda around one month ago. She had taken one month visa. She said the drug was handed over to her by a Nigerian in Delhi," the official said.

P Babu, the additional director general, DRI said, "We are concerned about the increasing number of smuggling through Chennai. We have intensified our monitoring activities in all airports in Tamil Nadu and neighbouring states," Babu said.

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