The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of airport customs on Friday arrested a South African woman for allegedly attempting to smuggle out contrabands worth over Rs 7.5 crore from the city airport. The seizure was possible due to the efforts of sniffer dog Anju, a star performer for the authorities since the past couple of years.
The accused, Jali Mandisa Monique, is an MBA degree holder and had been twice to the country in the past few months. On her earlier visits, she had successfully managed to smuggle out drugs from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, sources said. “Maybe she chose Mumbai this time to hoodwink the security agencies,” said APS Suri, commissioner of customs, Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport (CSIA).
Acting on the signals by Anju, an AIU team under the supervision of deputy custom commissioner (AIU) Kiran Kumar intercepted Monique after she had checked in for a Kenya Airways flight to Harare via Nairobi.
The officials said that during an inspection of her baggage, they found Methaquolene, a party drug, valued at Rs 7.5 crore hidden inside ladies suit pieces. The officials involved with the investigation of the case said Monique has been booked arrested under the NDPS Act.
The seizure comes in the wake of a similar arrest last month, when Aniy, a Labrador helped the AIU in apprehending Ephedrine drug worth over Rs 3.2 crore from another South African national woman.
End of party for MBA graduate
Customs officials said Jali Mandisa Monique, an MBA graduate, had been twice to the country in the past few months. She had successfully managed to smuggle out drugs from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi on earlier occasions. This time she chose Mumbai to sneak out the narcotics, but was caught by sniffer dog Anju.