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Heroin worth Rs 2.2 Cr held at RGI airport

A Thai woman on a tourist visa was arrested at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad, in the wee hours of Saturday for attempting to smuggle 2.2 kg of heroin worth Rs 2.2 crore in the international market. She has been remanded to judicial custody.

Acting on a tip-off, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials seized the contraband from Pincaho Khronvipa’s checked-in luggage. DRI officials said the 28-year-old Thai national had landed in Delhi from Bangkok on April 30 and arrived in Hyderabad on Friday by JetLite. She had procured the narcotics from Delhi and was caught as she was about to catch a Malaysian Airlines flight (MH 199) for Bangkok.

The heroin was hidden in the false ceiling of the suitcase. DRI officials said that Pincaho, who appeared to be well-educated, confessed to being a drug peddler. Officials, however, discounted any Hyderabad link to the smuggling racket. She was only travelling via Hyderabad to Bangkok, they said. Pincaho was charged for carrying a banned substance under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, and sent to Chanchalguda women’s prison.

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