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From sanitary pads to shoes and socks, how those onboard smuggled Drugs on Cruise

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Mumbai: As the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is trying hard to bust the drug cartel involved in Mumbai cruise ship drugs case, everyday new and shocking details are coming to light. In such a shocking development, several innovative ways were busted by agency officials which were used by on-boarders to carry the drugs to the ship by concealing it in a sanitary pads, shoes and socks. An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2.

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While speaking to news agencies this week, the NCB revealed how those aboard the cruise ship initially planned to evade the check – attempting to conceal the drugs in a sanitary napkin and a pair of socks.

An NCB official told media on Saturday that a woman, who is accused in the Mumbai cruise ship drugs case, carried drugs by concealing them in a sanitary napkin. In footage retrieved by a Mumbai-based news channel, the intelligence officials can be seen pulling packaged materials out of what appear to be sanitary pads.

Earlier, the NCB officials informed that accused Arbaaz Merchant, who was held on the cruise ship along with Aryan Khan and Munmun Dhamecha, initially attempted to conceal the drugs inside his socks and shoes to evade the security check. The central agency has also accessed WhatsApp chats between Aryan Khan and Arbaaz Merchant and officials familiar with the development said that Merchant may have “shared some drugs” with Khan.

The anti-drugs agency has summoned film producer Imtiaz Khatri in connection with the drugs-on-cruise case, and asked him to appear before the agency on October 11.

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The NCB on Saturday also questioned the driver of actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, who was arrested in connection with a drug seizure on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast.

The narcotics control agency on Saturday arrested a drug peddler following questioning in the drugs-on-cruise case, taking the number of total arrests in the case to 19.

A Mumbai Magistrate court had on Thursday sent Aryan Khan and seven others to judicial custody for 14 days.

Satish Maneshinde, the lawyer arguing in defence of Aryan Khan, had earlier said in the court, “Accused number 1, Aryan Khan was invited for the cruise party. However, he did not have a boarding pass. He didn’t have any seats or cabins there. Secondly, according to the seizure, nothing has been found in his possession. He is arrested only based on chats.”

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