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Friday, 5 August 2016

TIA emerging as major drug transit hub

Posted by Anup Baral August 5th, 2016 :
Although the Narcotics Control Bureau of Nepal Police claims to have averted all attempts of international drug traffickers to smuggle cocaine to destination countries making Nepal a transit point, the risks of being arrested and jailed do not seem to have deterred drug carriers. The first recorded cocaine smuggling via Nepal dates to January 4, 2012 when Thai woman Suparerat Mcintosh was held in possession of one kg of cocaine from the Tribhuvan International Airport. She had carried the drug through seven countries, including Indonesia, Peru‚ Argentina and Qatar, to smuggle it into Malaysia, the final destination, as a drug mule. A total of 24 kg of cocaine has been seized in a period of five years, which indicates that international drug racketeers are using Nepal as a transit point and that the drug lords give enough incentives to induce careers to risk arrest and prosecution.
As many as 24 persons were arrested during the period. They said they acted on an unidentified person’s request to carry the drug consignment for a paltry sum. On June 8, 2014, the NCB nabbed three foreigners, all women, with 2.83 kg of cocaine. The drug mules two Pakistani nationals, identified as Louis Arthur and Ayesha Hussain, and Filipino national Cristina Abaygar Haro were about to smuggle the cocaine into Europe. Similarly, the anti-drug agency arrested Raumond Zungu Oppel, a Namibian national, with two 2 kg of cocaine from the TIA on February 18, 2014. The arrestee was found to have swallowed non-digestible plastic capsules containing 1,904 grams of cocaine.

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