Rawalpindi: Attempt to smuggle 7kgs of heroin to UK foiled
RAWALPINDI: The Anti–Narcotics Force (ANF) foiled an attempt to transport a huge consignment of heroin powder to England on a flight of Etihad Airways, and arrested a female member of an international racket of drug dealers at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA), recovering 7 kilograms of heroin from her baggage on Thursday, the ANF said. The ANF said that the high-ups received a tip-off from their sources about the extraordinary activities of international drug pushers in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The ANF officials at the airport were asked to be vigilant with the indications that the international drug mafia would attempt to transport a heavy consignment of heroin to Europe through their female members.
On Thursday morning, during scrutiny of passengers of a Dubai-bound Etihad Airlines’ flight EK–615, the ANF staff found a suspicious woman, proceeding to England via Dubai. She was taken to the office of ANF at the airport for questioning, the ANF sources said. They said that the woman, later identified as Ms. Yasmeen Akhtar, failed to satisfy the ANF staffers. The officials searched her luggage and recovered 7 kilograms of heroin powder, concealed in specially-made cavities in her suitcases.
The ANF arrested the woman, hailing from Dodial, Azad Kashmir, and after registration of an FIR she was shifted to the ANF station for further investigation. During proper investigation, the accused, who holds UK’s nationality, told the ANF investigators that she was a regular carrier of an international drug mafia that is active in London. She said that she had earlier transported consignments of heroin to London. Sources said that she has also revealed the identity of members of the racket active in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.