HYDERABAD: Was the 32-year-old South African woman, Moosa, forced by her boyfriend to assist international drug smuggling racket?
Sources revealed that Moosa was a notorious ‘courier’ used by the gangsters to smuggle narcotics by stuffing the contraband inside her body. She used to ‘deliver’ the contraband in various countries. It is said, Moosa’s boyfriend collected huge amount as commission from gangsters, for delivering the consignments.
A day after Moosa was detained by Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) officials at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Shamshabad here, investigators intensified their probe to zero in on the agent to whom the consignment of 450 gm of drugs worth `1 crore was supposed to be handed over.
Investigators have collected Moosa’s mobile phone, email ID and other details to locate the gangsters involved in the smuggling racket. During preliminary probe, it was revealed that Moosa was a notorious courier who smuggled drug packets stuffed inside her body to various countries. “Once she arrived at a specific place, a local gang member would remove the drug packets from inside her body. After recovering from the surgery, she used to return to Dubai from where she operates,” sources said.
According to information gathered by police, Moosa flew to Dubai from Johannesburg on August 23. Next day, she arrived in Sao Paulo city in Brazil. Again, she returned to Dubai on August 28 and from there she landed in Hyderabad by a flight by stuffing the drug inside her body.
On receiving specific tip-off, narcotic control officials nabbed Moosa at the airport. Within minutes, the officials obtained information that a gang, comprising a senior doctor, based in the city was waiting outside the airport to receive Moosa and to shift her to a secret location to extract the drug packets from her body. But Moosa created a scene at the airport and delayed her exit. This made the gangsters, who were waiting outside the airport, to flee the place.
NCB officials requested RGIA officials to provide Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage to identify the local gangsters who came to airport to receive Moosa. Meanwhile, the NCB official are likely to collect details from the city police in connection with the Nigerian drug pedlars who were detained for questioning.
Doctors, removed 45 packets of drug from the woman’s stomach, suspected to be cocaine and weighing 450 gm. The samples were sent to a laboratory to identify the narcotic substance. Armed guards have been deployed at the Osmania Hospital room where Moosa is undergoing treatment. Only duty doctors and nurses are allowed to enter the room.