Rawalpindi: 123 packets of heroin recovered from UK-bound family’s baggage
RAWALPINDI: The Anti–Narcotics Force (ANF) foiled an attempt to transport a huge consignment of heroin to Birmingham by a PIA flight from Benazir Bhutto International Airport and arrested a woman and her two children — a son and a daughter — after recovery of 123 packets of heroin from their baggage on Sunday morning, sources in the ANF said. Sources believed that the family was used by drug traffickers linked with the international mafia by concealing heroin powder in their baggage. However the ANF is investigating to ascertain the reality. The people engaged in investigation of the case are searching for the hands active in drug smuggling, who handed over the bag to the family.
The Pakistan origin British national three-member family, including Khadija Shah (British Passport Number 461425341) along with her 13–year–old daughter Alisha Munir (Passport Number 504833519) and 15–year–old son Ibrahim Munir (Passport Number 461465323), arrived at the airport for flying to Birmingham by a PIA’s flight PK–791, the ANF said. It added that as the three entered into the passengers lounge at about 7:30 a.m.; they were taken to the ANF counter. During the course of search of their baggage, 123 packets of heroin powder, smartly concealed in specially made cavities of the baggage, were recovered, the ANF said. The family was detained and shifted to the ANF interrogation centre for questioning.
Sources said that the woman, during questioning, expressed her innocence about the presence of drugs in her baggage. She provided the names of people whose baggage she was carrying and gave information about the real culprits acting behind the scene.
Sources stated that the people engaged in the investigation of the case questioned separately from every member of the family, but got no concrete evidence about their direct involvement, but they added that nothing could be ruled out.