HYDERABAD:Two days have passed after Narcotics Control Bureau detained Mosie Moosa (32), a South African woman, ‘pregnant with drugs’ at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad. Doctors at Osmania General Hospital have removed 52 capsules of suspected cocaine from the smuggler’s abdomen, weighing 793 grams and worth Rs 56 lakh in international market.
But, till now the officials have not been able to gather information about the handlers of the drug trafficker. Though investigators insist that the handlers were waiting outside the terminal to receive the contraband from the smugglers, there have been no clues regarding the handlers who were supposed to facilitate the woman in Hyderabad.
NCB officials have maintained that further investigation will reveal details of the sender and receiver of the contraband. Investigators are also looking into the possibility of a local gang facilitating the smugglers.
As per her journey plans, Mosie Moosa was supposed to return from Hyderabad on September 10. This meant she was supposed to be done with the deal in 10 days, which also spurs doubts about operatives outside the state from locations like Chennai and Bengaluru.
Speaking to media at OGH, Dinesh Chavan, superintendent of NCB - Hyderabad, said that each of the capsules was roughly stuffed with around 10 grams of suspected cocaine. A few samples of the contraband have been sent to Forensic Sciences Laboratory for analysis. Probe is on to find out the source and target of the drug, he added.
According to him, it was for the first time the NCB officials have come across such kind of drug smuggling. The accused is to be produced before court on Wednesday. However, officials hinted that Mosie Moosa appears to be unaware of the local contacts in Hyderabad.
Moosa likely to be discharged tomorrow:
After removal of 52 gastric-acid resistant capsules from body her body, Moosa is recuperating and may be discharged on Thursday, said sources at OGH here Tuesday. “CT Scan confirmed that there are no more drug packets in her body. She might be kept under observation for one more day and then discharged,” they added.
A tight security has been put in place at Osmania hospital for Moosa as the NCB sleuths are yet to question her.
Sources said that most of the capsules were consumed orally which got settled in her large intestine. From Monday night, seven more drug capsules were extracted by doctors of Osmania General Hospital (OGH).
Even after carrying large number of insoluble capsules in her intestines, and undergoing enema procedure for a period of three days, the health of Mosie Moosa seems to be unaffected. In fact she started to take normal diet from afternoon of Tuesday.
Through out the period of flushing the capsules out of her body, intravenous fluids were administered.
According to Police, the woman reached Dubai from Johannesburg, SA, on August 28. From Dubai, she landed in Hyderabad on August 30 after stuffing the capsules in her body.
“The smugglers knew the material which will remain insoluble to gastric acids. Narcotic products which were covered with such material were consumed by her orally,” said a source, adding she would have popped each capsule by drinking some water to push it down to her intestine.
Sources said that the hospital earlier treated some cases where in people inserted small quantities of gold, diamonds, through rectum. When took into the body through rectum, the materials enter a maximum of 20 centimetres.