Chennai, Feb 14 (UNI) Officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) arrested a Nigerian national last evening and seized 760 gms of heroin, valued at Rs 76 lakh in the international market.
A DRI release here said he was remanded in judicial custody today.
Acting on a tip off that drugs were being sent through courier parcels, a watch was kept and a parcel meant for Canada was detained by the DRI.
About 260 gms of heroin, concealed inside the covers of childrens' books, were seized.
Enquiries revealed that the parcel was sent by a Nigerian national but the address was fake.
The officials in their continuous vigil, found the Nigerian attempting to send the parcel through a courier firm. The officials, who laid in wait in civies, arrested him.
He also tried to book another parcel by misdeclaring the contents as documents.
The parcel contained heroin packed in six polythene covers and were kept concealed in the outer covers, both front and back, of three hard bound books titled 'Amazing Fact Finder History,' 'Well Loved Tales' and 'Children's Encyclopedia of Questions and Answers' and blue carbon paper was placed on one side.
The parcel, booked by him in his nick name through a courier agency here, was addressed to Amsterdam declaring as documents.
The arrested Nigerian, while in Mumbai, came into contact with another Nigerian James, who proposed him to send courier parcels with concealed heroin given by him to foreign addresses for monetary consideration.
Accordingly, he came to Chennai in December, 2007 and admitted to have sent five parcels containing heroin.
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