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Air India crew member held while smuggling banned drug to US

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Published on 17 Sep 2016 4:54 PM GMT

Air India crew member held while smuggling banned drug to US
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New Delhi: National carrier Air India’s cabin crew member was on Friday detained at Indira Gandhi International Airport in the national capital for allegedly attempting to smuggle numerous bottles of banned drug to the United States (US).

The Air India staffer was going to depart for New York when he was intercepted by the customs personnel. Subsequently, as many as 300 50ml bottles of ‘Phensedyl New Cough Linctus’ were allegedly recovered from his luggage.

“The cough syrup contains significant amount of ‘codeine phosphate’, a substance which is banned in US and commonly used by dopers,” said a senior custom official.

It may be mentioned that codeine-based syrups are highly demanded by drug-addicts in some countries.

Other highlights:

  • The drug bottles have been seized by the customs.
  • The cough syrup is an inexpensive drug costing Rs 60 per bottle in retail markets.
  • The drug is psychotropic.
  • Customs officials said they would write to the airline about its crew members involvement in the illegal act.

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