$6mn cocaine haul seized at Dhaka airport
December 10 2015 01:14 AM

AFP
Dhaka

Bangladesh anti-drugs officers seized $6.2mn of cocaine at Dhaka airport and arrested a Spanish national on suspicion of smuggling, officials said yesterday, the country’s second-biggest haul of the substance.
P J Julian, 47, was arrested at the Bangladeshi capital’s airport on Tuesday evening with 3kg of cocaine hidden inside the lid of his suitcase, the department of narcotics control (DNC) said.
Cocaine is not a popular drug in Bangladesh, but international cartels use it as a “safe route” for smuggling it into Europe and Southeast Asia, seeing the country as less likely to come under
suspicion.
Julian had travelled to Dhaka from Brazil’s Sao Paulo via Dubai, before being arrested by officials acting on a tip-off from the US about a suspected trafficker.
“The drugs in the suitcase could not be traced in the scanner, but we knew the tag of the suspected luggage,” DNC director Towfique
Uddin said.
Julian was expected to appear in court yesterday and could face the death penalty if found guilty of drug
smuggling.
“If his involvement is proved with the (drug) trafficking, he may get a death sentence irrespective of his nationality,” Nadim Miah, public prosecutor for a special drug crimes court in Dhaka, said.
Miah said it was the second-biggest cocaine haul in the Muslim-majority nation after $14mn of liquid cocaine was found mixed in barrels containing sunflower oil in the port city of Chittagong in June.

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