India: NCB Checks Container Following Suspicions Of Drug Smuggling
The examination conducted by the Narcotics Control Bureau of a container reportedly being shipped to the Maldives triggered rumors of a probable drug haul in Kochi on Tuesday.
The container, being shipped via Dubai from Oman on an Indian cargo ship, came under the scanner following information that drugs were being smuggled in it using food products as a decoy.
After this, the vessel that had loaded the container and already departed from Kochi was called back.
The container was offloaded from the ship, which came back on Monday night. It has since been discovered that the container was loaded with packets of tomato ketchup.
It was a mere routine scrutiny randomly conducted at airports and seaports from time to time. The authorities haven’t yet found contraband in the container, mentioned NCB sources.
Reference: The Hindu, Mathrubhumi