PANAJI: In a major crackdown on an international drug syndicate, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Mumbai has seized 2 kg of cocaine worth around Rs 15 crore and arrested two key associates, including a Zambian national and a Tanzanian woman.
“These drugs were intended for further distribution in cities like Goa, Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, and others. The operation was part of an effort to curb drug trafficking during the festive season, when demand for high-end party drugs like cocaine increases,” officials said.
Urgent intervention in the input and development of the information led to the identification of a carrier named LA Gilmore, a Zambian national.
A continuous investigation led to the identification of details of the Gilmore and soon information was gathered that he was to arrive at a Mumbai-based hotel for stay,” according to an official release
Accordingly, a team of NCB Mumbai officials was deputed to mount surveillance at a Mumbai-based hotel immediately. On November 9, the passenger named LA Gilmore was ascertained to have checked into the hotel. After a short while, LA Gilmore was intercepted and a search was conducted.
Initially, no suspicious items were recovered from his belongings but a closer examination of the carry bag itself led to the identification of abnormalities along the bag layering. When cut open, 2 packets were recovered from the bag, and when further opened, Cocaine weighing a total of 2 kg was recovered.