Crystal Meth worth Rs 1.5 crore seized from Ugandan woman at Hubballi railway station | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Sleuths of the Bengaluru Zonal Unit of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) busted a drug smuggling attempt by train and arrested a 29-year-old Ugandan woman in Hubballi railway station while she was carrying Rs 1.50 crore worth of Methamphetamine inside baby cereal boxes.
The suspect was smuggling the 995gm of drugs in two boxes from Delhi to be distributed to dealers in Karnataka.
Sources with the Bengaluru NCB said the drug bust unfolded on Friday afternoon after the anti-narcotics agency received a tip-off that large quantities of recreationally or party drugs were being smuggled via train to Bengaluru and other parts of the state.
Following which the NCB team rushed to Hubbali and combed the railway station on Friday.
Based on the specific inputs, they boarded a train that arrived from Delhi at the station and checked the passengers and spotted the African woman who was behaving in a suspicious manner.
The team immediately intercepted her and checked her bags to find two boxes of baby food and cut them open to reveal a white crystal-like substance which a lab test later ascertained to be Methamphetamine, a highly addictive stimulant used as party drugs and well-known in drug circles as Crystal Meth.
A total of 995gm of Meth was equally divided into two boxes that were tightly packed with black plastic to avoid detection.
The drugs estimated to be worth Rs 1.50 crore in the international market were being smuggled from Delhi via Hubballi into Bengaluru to be distributed to dealers for further peddling.
The young Ugandan woman who was smuggling the drugs is suspected to be part of a bigger drug syndicate and how she arrived in India is now under probe by the NCB team, sources added.
She was booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act for substance smuggling with an intention to distribute and remanded to judicial custody and locked in prison on Saturday.
Further probe is underway into her links in Karnataka and for whom she was smuggling in the substance by train in order to avoid detection by investigating agencies as checks in railway stations are very slim.

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