Tins and condoms, all that's needed for smuggling liquid cocaine
It seems condoms are not just used during coitus, but also for smuggling cocaine, as the arrest of three foreign nationals in Delhi - two Brazilians and one African - proved. In the first such case, NCB seized a whopping 2.65kg of liquid cocaine from them that were filled in condoms and packed in tin containers marked "Quintanda Morungaba AMEI XAEM CALDA," meaning 'juice'.
The sleuths said the consignment worth Rs. 10cr was smuggled in from Sao Paulo and was to be provided to the African national. The Brazilian smugglers, who had visited India last year too, were arrested on April 16 after a raid at their Paharganj guest house room. Hunt is on for other syndicate members, said Madho Singh, NCB Zonal Director.
"The trafficking of liquid cocaine concealed in food stuff from South American countries to India is a new MO being adopted by African syndicates to deceive the drug law enforcement officers," said Singh. They bypass the airport security by ingesting the condoms, a fatal move.
Originating in South America in 2011, this smuggling method is fatal because the filled condoms can burst inside the intestines of the mule, leading to instant death. Only big drug mafias of Colombia, Brazil and Mexico can afford the transportation costs. São Paulo, Brazil's financial centre, has emerged as a major source of drugs in this international smuggling racket involving several African drug syndicates.
The liquid drug that can only be detected through a CT or MRI scan is made by dissolving cocaine in a solvent. The receiver converts it to powdered form using chemicals. Due to high risk involved, cartels lure youngsters, especially women, through Facebook.