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A brief ‘vacation’ — less than 12 hours long — in India landed two Sri Lankan nationals in the customs’ net Chennai on Tuesday. The duo, who posed as tourists, later turned out to be smuggling drugs about 300 gms of first grade heroin in their person.

They were caught when they checked in for their return flight to Colombo early on Tuesday.

Bearing tourist visas, Mubeen Abdul Hameed (35) and Mohammed Thabseer Abul Hasan (32) from Kandy arrived in Chennai at 3 pm on Monday, airport sources said. However, they reported at the international terminal again at 1 am on Tuesday to board a Sri Lankan Airways flight to Colombo, scheduled to depart at 3.30 am. “The customs officers noticed that they had entered the country only a few hours before and were leaving in a hurry,” said the source. However, their luggage revealed nothing.

Drug smugglers have been known to use body packing as an effective method of couriering drugs.

In most cases, the drugs were sealed in tight pellets and wrapped in a scan-abrasive substance, before being manually pushed into the rectal cavity. Once the mules arrived safely, these pellets were excreted and the drugs extracted. Convinced that they were drug mules, the sleuths subjected the duo to a whole body scan and found that while their stomachs were empty, their rectal passage seemed ‘dark’.

During a medical extraction process that followed, four packets of heroin wrapped in black carbon paper — to avoid scanners — were removed from their bodies. The men then admitted to being drug mules and claimed that they were doing the run for a paltry Rs 5,000 each. (Express News Service)

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  • Nodrog Wednesday, 25 July 2012 04:24 AM

    Will India intervene to get them released?

    Saman Wednesday, 25 July 2012 04:45 AM

    Everyday I hear about rapes, child molestation, brothels, murders and now drugs. How low can SL go?

    Navin Weeraratne Wednesday, 25 July 2012 04:37 AM

    You're right, genius. We never have rapes, child molestation, brothels, murders and drugs in other countries.

    Desh Wednesday, 25 July 2012 08:13 AM

    Muslims and on Ramadan! Lovely!

    Nodrog Wednesday, 25 July 2012 08:33 AM

    Saman, maybe you did not read about the recent massacre in Colorado, USA? Use your internet for other purposes too other than for porn.

    ralahamy Wednesday, 25 July 2012 09:34 AM

    Instead of fining these couriers, the customs should change the punishment.
    Keep these culprits for 3 days, pump them enough drugs into them so that they will never come out of addiction. This will be a warning to other would be couriers.

    Ralph Anthony Kernr Thursday, 26 July 2012 09:55 AM

    Can you believe this men to be innocent, they are all in the game. They should be given the what they need. They cannot play the fool with the Indian Judiciary.


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