Largest cocaine bust in country’s history with 8.5 kg worth Tk100 crore seized at Dhaka airport

  • January 25, 2024

The Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) in Dhaka has apprehended a 35-year-old Malawian woman, Nomthandazo Towera Soko, with around 8.5 kilograms of cocaine, the largest seizure of solid cocaine by Bangladeshi authorities. The drugs, valued at around Tk 1 billion, were discovered at Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. The DNC initiated the operation two days ago based on a tip-off about a cocaine shipment arriving in Bangladesh.

Soko, a shoe and garment trader, was arrested by authorities in Bangladesh under the pretext of visiting the country under the same pretext as her previous visits to Africa. The investigation revealed the involvement of local individuals and another foreign national in a smuggling operation involving 1 kg of cocaine and 8 kilograms of the drug wrapped in carbon paper.

Source: BD News 24