Zimbabwean student arrested in India while trying to smuggle drugs worth nearly US$2 million


A Zimbabwean woman, studying at Amity University, a private university in India, was arrested yesterday morning with 25 kg of ephedrine drugs worth nearly US$2 million.

One report identified her as 32-year old Elder Rizive.

The drugs were concealed in 38 boxes of hair accessories and were worth 100 million Indian Rupees which is approximately US$1.7 million.

Rizive, which could be Ruzive, was trying to board Qatar Airways flight 507 at 4am reportedly on her way to Johannesburg.

She told customs officials that she was given the hair accessories by a Nigerian in Delhi and was unaware of the drugs concealed inside.

Reports said officials will interrogate her to know if she was just a carrier or part of an international drug racket.

Another Zimbabwean woman, Lydia Ndari-Murwira, was released on 3 April this year after being arrested in New Delhi in 2012 for trying to smuggle 9.9 kg of ephedrine.

She claimed that she had been lured by a woman called Yvone who sold hairpieces and wanted her to carry her extra luggage to Zimbabwe.


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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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