BENGALURU: A woman recruited to smuggle drugs from Bengaluru to Doha was nabbed at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) parking lot on Saturday with contraband concealed in sanitary pads. She was accompanied by three others, whose interrogation led Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) sleuths to two kingpins of the drug smuggling cartel. The duo, Abu and Mohammed, are in their mid-20s and belong to Kerala. They were running the India-Qatar drug smuggling ring with Bengaluru as the base. Drugs, including hashish and methamphetamine, were recovered from their hideout in Austin Town. The total value of the seizure is around Rs 3 crore. According to NCB sources, a team led by Bruno A, zonal director (acting) of NCB’s Bengaluru unit, received specific information on a city-based drug cartel looking to recruit carriers to smuggle contraband from Bengaluru to Doha. “We began investigation a few weeks ago and were finally able to zero in on four gang members on Saturday morning. The three men, who were agents, and the woman were caught in a Karnataka-registered car parked on KIA premises. She had 510gm of methamphetamine and 572 Lyrica (a sedative) capsules in her possession,” said an NCB officer. The sleuths identified the woman as a mule who was scheduled to fly from Bengaluru to Doha on Saturday with a rucksack. “The three agents had recruited her to smuggle the drugs into Qatar with the promise of good remuneration and free travel,” the officer added. Grilling of the trio led investigators to a house on Linden Street, Austin Town, from where the kingpins were picked up. A total of 2.8kg of hashish oil, 13.6kg of hard hashish, 330gm of methamphetamine and 9kg of ganja was found in the house rented by the men four months ago. The hashish and methamphetamine are estimated to be worth over Rs 20 lakh in the international market. The six arrested persons were remanded in judicial custody on Monday. Further probe is under way. Box: Kingpin was a carrier in Qatar A drug carrier himself three years ago, Abu returned to India from Qatar last year. He settled in Bengaluru with his aide Mohammed and started sourcing methamphetamine and other drugs from Mumbai, Delhi and Goa. The two procured hashish from Kerala. “They used to send mules across India to bring drugs to Bengaluru and recruit carriers to fly with the contraband, mainly from KIA and occasionally from Mangaluru and Kochi airports. They had been running the cartel for a year,” another investigator said.