Ketamine worth Rs 30 lakh seized at BIA

Accused was planning to smuggle it to Indonesia by Thai Airways flight

Akbar Ali Hussein, who was arrested at BIA while smuggling 3 kg of ketamine, at the Customs Office in Bangalore on Saturday. dh photo

The accused, Akbar Ali Hussein, had concealed the banned substance in his baggage. The officials grew suspicious and stopped him for questioning.

When they opened his baggage, they found the banned substance stashed in an inner layer. Sources said he was planning to transport it to Indonesia by Thai Airways flight.
Hussein told officials that he bought the substance from a friend in Chennai, who had promised him a huge commission for transporting it.

The officials handed him over to the City police for further questioning. Ketamine is legally manufactured in India as a veterinary drug but is banned in many parts of the world including South East Asia, where it is used as a rave party drug.

Past cases  

It seems like Bengaluru International Airport is becoming a convenient transit point for transporting illegal substances. In July this year, the customs officials seized seven kilogram ketamine from a passenger travelling to Bangkok on Thai Airways.

On August 4 this year, a 32-year-old class four employee in a private organisation in Mumbai was arrested while he was smuggling ketamine out of the country. The customs officials seized 7.5 kilogram of Ketamine from a Jakarta-bound passenger hailing from Tamil Nadu on August 9.

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