SA woman in India’s biggest drug bust

2013-05-20 00:00

A SOUTH African woman has reportedly been arrested in Mumbai in what has been described as India’s biggest drug bust.

International Relations spokesperson Nelson Kgwete said yesterday he could not release the woman’s name or the charge she faces before she appears in court.

“We repect the Indian legal system, but will offer her consular help. Our consular officals have visited her.”

The Times of India newspaper named the woman as Cicee Linten (36) and reported that she worked for an events company with offices in India, Canada and Singapore.

Officials of the Air Intelligence Unit at the Chatrapati Shivaji international airport arrested Linten at 5.20 am on Friday after receiving a tip about a woman fitting her description allegedly smuggling drugs.

Sameer Wankhede, the assisitant commissioner of the AIU, said Linten had just checked in for an Ethiopian Airlines flight to Mozambique. Her bag was searched and 580 packets, each containing 50g of Methaqualone, used in the manufacture of Mandrax, were found.

According to the Indo Asian News Service, the AIU seized 26 kg of drugs, including cocaine, tik and khat, hidden in a false-bottomed case.

The drugs allegedly have a street value of R22 million.

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