THERE were several risk indicators on a box containing a tricycle sent from China that led Customs officer Vimlesh Narayan to open it and thoroughly inspect its contents.
Mr Narayan was the first State witness in day one of the trial against Isikeli Tamani and Amena Rabulu, charged with importation of controlled chemicals and aiding and abetting, that was called before Justice Prabaharan Kumararatnam yesterday.
Mr Narayan, a Customs officer, gave details of what happened on December 30 in 2009 at the Nadi International Airport.
"On that day, I went to the Airfreight Bond to conduct my normal duties where I came across an airway bill," he told the court.
"While verifying the bill, I saw two discrepancies. I saw two weights were listed on the bill — one was 21kg and the other 12.8kg, there was no local contact for the importer and the payment was made in cash from China by a third party."
This, he said, were risk indicators that raised his suspicion to open the box for inspection. "I then asked the FedEx employee to open the package for me.
"When the box was opened, I saw a tricycle inside with a blue box on the side. I lifted the blue box, which was heavier than it should have been. When I opened the blue box, I saw unknown granules that were pink and yellow in colour."
He said another plastic of the same granules were found in the seat cover of the tricycle. He said granule samples were sent to their intelligence unit which later verified the granules were contact anti-drugs.