The Indian authorities, in a series of arrests lately, detained another trafficker trying to sneak out five kilogrammes of ketamine from Kerala to Malaysia.
On Monday, Air Customs officials at Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, Kerala's capital, detained the man, who checked in at the airport to board the AirAsia flight to Kuala Lumpur, after they discovered the drug hidden in his luggage.
This was the second arrest within two weeks in southern India of ketamine traffickers bound for Malaysia with their illegal consignment.
Officials searched the suspect on suspicion and found the drug skilfully concealed in a plywood chest fitted beneath the bag.
The drug, in 19 packets weighing about 300gm each, was stored in two cavities and the packets were covered with carbon paper so that X-ray screening of the baggage would not expose the drug, the Hindu newspaper quoted A. Gopakumar, Thiruvananthapuram Deputy Commissioner of Air Customs, as saying.
The 34-year-old suspect from Thanjavur, in Tamil Nadu, was carrying the contraband, worth nearly RM60,000 in the international market, according to officials.
Investigations are still in progress to ascertain whether he is linked to any drug syndicate and where he had obtained the ketamine.
On May 14, Chennai Airport Customs officials seized 14.7kg of ketamine hidden in an ice-cream vending machine, which the suspect was planning to dispose in Kuala Lumpur.
The 32-year-old trafficker, also from Tamil Nadu, was arrested
June 01, 2010
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