Police in Mumbai, India have arrested a 46-year-old woman and her 25-year-old daughter, for smuggling cocaine worth ₹1.50 crore (TT$1.5 million).
The arrests were made by the Mumbai Unit of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).
The drugs were sent by courier from Trinidad and Tobago, said an NCB officer.
The woman was arrested while she was receiving the parcel – which contained 360 grams of cocaine – at Nagpur.
“The drug was concealed inside eyeshadow palette boxes,” said a senior NCB officer.
The NCB had received information about the drugs being smuggled to Goa.
They laid a trap and arrested the woman's daughter from Goa on the same day.
“The drugs were destined to reach Goa, but it was sent to Nagpur to avoid any suspicion. We are investigating if it was to go any further,” said the officer.
The agency suspects that the accused may have been in touch with someone in Trinidad and Tobago.
“The volume of international cargo is huge. The eyeshdow boxes were placed in a way to camouflage the boxes containing drugs,” he said.
The agency is investigating the international link and if more local persons are involved.