The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized 2,988.21 kg of heroin worth 15 billion rupees from two containers at the port of Mundra in Gujarat’s Kutch district and subsequently arrested a couple who run an import company from Chennai, authorities said Tuesday.
The price of one kg of heroin is around 5 million rupees on the international market.
After obtaining credible information that the shipment contains drugs from Afghanistan, DRI officers seized two containers and sent samples for examination a few days ago. A forensic analysis of the seized substance confirmed the presence of heroin, official sources said.
The shipment was imported by a trading company registered in Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh. It was declared as semi-finished talcum stones that originated in Afghanistan and shipped from the port of Bandar Abbas in Iran to the port of Mundra in Gujarat, they said.
“A total of 2,988.21 kg of heroin, including 1999.57 kg of heroin from one container and 988.64 kg of heroin from the second container, were seized under the provisions of the NDPS (Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances) Act,” they said. the sources.
They said searches were carried out in Ahmedabad, Delhi, Chennai, Gandhidham and Mandvi in Gujarat, after which two people were arrested.
The investigation carried out so far has revealed the participation of some Afghan nationals who are under investigation, the sources said.
Upon learning that the importing company M / S Aashi Trading Company is run by M. Sudhakar and his wife Durga Vaishali, the DRI arrested the couple from Chennai a few days ago and took them to Bhuj in Kutch.
On Monday, the duo appeared before a special court for NDPS cases in the city of Bhuj.
While seeking the pre-trial detention of the detained couple, Special Prosecutor Kalpesh Goswami told the court that the DRI seized 2,988 kg of heroin, which the company declared as talcum stones.
Special judge CM Pawar awarded the couple custody for 10 days to DRI.
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