KOLKATA:The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Wednesday seized four kilograms of cocaine from a South African woman on her arrival at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport.
NCB sources said that Govinder Savitri arrived here after purchasing cocaine worth Rs 16 crore in the international market from Brazil. It is suspected that the woman is a member of an international narcotics trafficking gang that smuggles cocaine from Brazil to India. NCB sources said that the woman was headed to a guest house in Salt Lake and concealed the cocaine packets carefully in her luggage. The NCB, on receiving a tip off, nabbed the woman the moment she landed at the airport.
In March, the NCB nabbed two Nigerians and a Delhi resident Ghana national for trying to smuggle nine kilograms of cocaine worth Rs 50 crore in the international market. The cocaine was concealed in rexin and carbon paper to avoid detection through an X-ray scanner.
The duo were travelling from Sau Paulo in Brazil to India via Dubai. They bought the cocaine from Brazil, but it was found to be of Colombian origin and regarded as the best in quality. It was the biggest catch of cocaine in India by the NCB. NCB sources said that in June, a Colombian boxer was caught carrying 2.35 kilograms of cocaine worth Rs 11 crore at the Chennai airport.