A flight steward of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was caught on Saturday by Paris authorities while trying to smuggle heroin.

The flight PK-749 arrived in Paris from Islamabad where the drug worth millions of rupees was recovered from the steward during checking.

The authorities allowed the passengers and PIA staff to return after inspecting the plane.

According to PIA spokesperson, the French authorities have not given any details regarding the amount of drugs.

He confirmed that flight steward Tanveer Gulzar is under custody in Paris and has been suspended by PIA after initiating departmental inquiry against him. The suspect can also be dismissed from his post if found guilty by the French authorities.

It is uncertain whether the flight steward will be punished in France or is deported, he added.

It is pertinent to mention that this is not the first attempt to smuggle illegal drugs using similar means. The incident comes as several cases have emerged of narcotics being recovered from flights originating from Pakistan.