According to sources, on Wednesday, customs authorities at the airport received information about the Zimbabwean's impending attempt to smuggle drugs.
Based on the input, customs officials intercepted Lydia Ndari Murwira, near the immigration counter of departure hall and interrogated her. According to customs official, Murwira was to board a flight for Harare from New Delhi.A search of her baggage revealed several packets of a white powder which when tested with the help of drug testing kit turned out to be ephedrine, a controlled substance under NDPS Act, 1985.
The total consignment weighed 9.9 kg. The drug carrier has now been arrested under NDPS Act.
Two Zimbabweans were recently arrested at the same airport with the same drugs. Of late, IGI Airport has seen a surge in cases of ephedrine smuggling with close to seven seizures in the past couple of months by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
These seizures were made from passengers belonging to the North East with the drugs too headed for that region.
Investigations have shown that all these drugs are later smuggled to Myanmar, one of the biggest manufacturers of methamphetamine, a party drug.
"The recovered substance in the form of powder weighed 9.90 kgs (gross weight including packing/wrappers) and its value in the international market is Rs. 1.50 crore," an official release said.