Judge extends remand for Maldivian businesswoman detained in India for opium smuggling

India – Indian media reports that the Maldivian woman arrested for allegedly smuggling opium from Mumbai to Maldives through a courier has been remanded into custody.

The woman was arrested upon arrival at Kochi International Airport on 12 February 2022 under a lookout notice (LOC) released by the Mumbai Police in December.

The local businesswoman was first taken to the Nedumbassery police station at Ernakulam, Kochi and transported to Mumbai on Wednesday under a 3-day transit remand issued by judicial first class magistrate at Angamaly.

As per the most recent reports, the woman’s remand has now been extended by additional 11 days.

Reports suggest that the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) intercepted a parcel on December 11 containing 3.9kg of opium addressed to the Maldivian woman.

The woman’s family state that she is innocent and is being framed by Indian business acquaintances.

Two Kerala residents identified as Arife and Ali were also booked for interrogation in the case.