Drug used by ISIS, Al-Qaeda (Methamphetamine) worth Rs 2.5 cr seized at Kozhikode airport
Karipur: A Doha-bound passenger was apprehended at the Karipur airport by CISF personnel on Monday with methamphetamine worth Rs. 2.5 crore hidden in a secret compartment of his bag. Methamphetamine is a banned drug which is used by ISIS, AL Qaeda and other like terror outfits.
Jabir of Mullali house, a resident of Kannur district, was nabbed at about 3:30 am with 530 grams of drugs concealed in a false bottom of his bag. The passenger and the narcotics were handed over to anti-narcotics authorities.
Taking into consideration the seriousness of the issue, National Investigation Agency, have sought details of the case from airport authorities and Kochi regional narcotics department.
Jabir was handed over to state narcotics department and he might be questioned by NIA. He was to travel to Doha by Qatar airways flight Q.R.537. From questioning him, the involvement of another person was found.
Jabir has given statement that the bag was given by a Kannur native who had accompanied him. However, he escaped to Gulf. Authorities are now trying for his deportation.
NIA is mainly probing whether meth was transported to be handed over to any terrorist organisation.
Similar incidents have occurred in the state earlier. In 2017, from Kochi airport 1,00,000 ampoules ibuprofen was transported to Vienna which was seized there. Even though a Kannur native was found guilty, he escaped to Afghanistan. The ampoules were without any batch number or company name.
Also human albumin and ketamine were seized while trying to be transported from Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram airports in the previous years.
Terror links were alleged on all these incidents. It is in this backdrop, NIA has decided to conduct preliminary probe.
Methamphetamine is an illegal drug in the same class as cocaine and other powerful street drugs which is highly addictive and a stimulant that affects the central nervous system.
In low to moderate doses, methamphetamine can elevate mood, increase alertness, concentration and energy in fatigued individuals, reduce appetite and promote weight loss. At very high doses, it can induce psychosis, breakdown of skeletal muscle, seizures and bleeding in the brain. Chronic high-dose use can precipitate unpredictable and rapid mood swings, stimulant psychosis (e.g., paranoia, hallucinations, delirium, and delusions) and violent behaviour.