The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has made one of the largest seizures in the world. DRI has impounded two containers carrying around 2,988.22 kg of heroin at Mundra port in Gujarat. Two persons were arrested and the role of some Afghan nationals are being investigated.
The raid has been made after receiving a specific tip-off regarding a consignment imported by Aashi Trading Company, which is located in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. It has been declared as semi-processed Talc stones originating from Afghanistan and shipped from Bandar Abbas Port in Iran to Mundra Port.
It is suspected by the DRI that the consignment which contained narcotic drugs, has been supplied from Afghanistan. Depending on the inputs received, the agency intercepted the two containers. With the help of experts from Gandhinagar-based Forensic Science Laboratory, the search was made. Later the experts checked and confirmed that a huge amount of heroin seized in Gujarat.
Simultaneously, searches are being made in Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Gandhidham and Mandvi in Gujarat. The official said, “Two persons have been arrested and a number of persons and entities are under investigation. The probe conducted so far has also revealed the involvement of Afghan nationals, who are under the scanner.”
Also, the Indian Cost Guard (ICG) and Gujarat Anti-Terrorism squad (ATS) seized a boat with Heroin worth ₹ 150 crore. The boat had seven crew members, all from Iran, off the Gujarat coast and seized around 50kg of heroin.
The boat was seized from the mid sea late on Saturday night.
Senior ATS officer said, “Information was received by Bhavesh Rojiya, the assistant commissioner of police, ATS, regarding an attempt to smuggle heroin into India. Based on the tip-off, a joint search operation with the ICG was launched in the Indian waters. Subsequently, the Iranian fishing boat was caught.”