NCB thwarts two attempts to smuggle synthetic drugs

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) foiled two attempts to smuggle narcotics into Kerala this month under the guise of couriered parcels.

Staff from the NCB’s Bengaluru unit detected 40 grams of methamphetamine in a courier bound for Thiruvananthapuram on 11 November. A controlled delivery of this consignment caught the person to whom it was to be delivered in Thiruvananthapuram.

On November 16, NCB Cochin sub-area personnel, based on information provided by the agency’s Bengaluru area unit, intercepted a courier in Thiruvananthapuram and seized 244 grams of amphetamine, 25 stamps of LSD and 2 grams of methaqualone. The contraband was found concealed in a gift package containing chewing gum and cookies. It was very difficult to detect initially, the NCB said in a statement.

Prompt follow-up action was taken and investigators were able to identify the recipient of Thiruvananthapuram.

The perils of consumption

These synthetic drugs are dangerous stimulants, often taken as a “party drug.” Their consumption affects the central nervous system, while continued use can lead to heart problems, blackouts, hallucinations and seizures, NCB sources said.

On November 20, the agency’s area unit in Chennai intercepted a cargo transporter on the Vellore-Krishnagiri road in Tamil Nadu and recovered more than 212.5 kg of ganja hidden under young coconut trees. Four were apprehended, including two contraband buyers who were escorting the vehicle.

Alvin J. Chase