AP: Ketamine worth Rs 2 crore seized from air passenger

Customs officials seized five kilograms of ketamine, an anaesthetic misused by drug addicts and peddlers, from a passenger of a Kuala Lumpur-bound flight at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Shamshabad here.

Published: 10th February 2013 04:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th February 2013 04:57 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

Customs officials seized five kilograms of ketamine, an anaesthetic misused by drug addicts and peddlers, from a passenger of a Kuala Lumpur-bound flight at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Shamshabad here.

Hailing from Chennai, the accused Abdul Rashid, had concealed the narcotic, worth Rs 2 crore in the international market, in an exercise machine and was smuggling it to Kuala Lumpur last night, when customs officials intercepted him, a senior customs official said.

"Rashid brought five kilograms of ketamine from Chennai to Hyderabad, from where he allegedly tried to smuggle it out to Kuala Lumpur. He was about to board a flight when customs officials intercepted him," he said.

After the seizure, Rashid was booked under relevant sections of the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act and arrested.

Later, he was produced before a local court which sent him to judicial remand.

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