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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 09 September: THE Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Kolkata has confiscated a consignment of 3.8 kg cocaine worth about Rs 50 crore, the largest such seizure in eastern India in the recent times.

Sabitri Govindar, a 46-year old woman of Indian origin but who is a citizen of South Africa, has been arrested for smuggling in the banned narcotics. The woman had landed at the NSC Bose International Airport by Emirates Dubai – Kolkata flight EK-570 around 7.51 am Tuesday morning.

According to officers of the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) at the airport, yesterday morning they received a call from the NCB, informing that a woman was travelling from Dubai with cocaine and urged the AIU to look for her.

Following the tip off, AIU officers apprehended the 46-year woman who arrived by the Emirates flight and was about to walkout of the airport terminal after collecting her check-in baggage.

By then, a team from NCB’s eastern regional office at Karaya Road in Kolkata arrived at the airport. The NCB team and the AIU officers conducted a joint search of the woman’s trolley bag and found two large packets hidden in a secret chamber.

The semi-solid substance from the packets that weighed 3.8 kg was subsequently placed on the narcotics detection machine lying with the Central Industrial Security Force at the airport and the test confirmed it to be cocaine.

Sabitri was arrested at once and she told NCB officers that she was to handover the consignment at a private guesthouse at BD Block in Salt Lake, where is lodged a South African man. NCB officers took her to the guesthouse but only to find that the man had escaped.

During questioning, the woman has told that she is a resident of Durban in South Africa. She procured the cocaine from Sao Paulo in Brazil and travelled to Kolkata via Dubai.

Both NCB and the police are now probing whether the cocaine was meant for rave parties in Kolkata or some other place.