New Delhi, May 26 (PTI) The Directorate of Tax Intelligence seized 52 kg of cocaine worth over Rs 500 crore from an import consignment at Mundra port in Gujarat.
The Ministry of Finance, in a statement, said that the DRI (Directorate of Tax Intelligence) had developed an intelligence that some shipments imported from Iran were likely to contain narcotics.
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In order to interdict narcotics, “Op Namkeen” was launched by DRI and a shipment, declared to contain 1,000 bags of common salt with a gross weight of 25 MT, which had been imported to Mundra port from Iran, was identified for detailed examination.
Upon examination, some bags were found to be suspicious, as a powdery substance with a distinct odor was found in these bags.
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Samples tested from these suspect bags confirmed the presence of cocaine in these samples.
“So far, 52 kg of cocaine have been recovered by DRI. Examination and seizure proceedings under the provisions of the NDPS Act 1985 are ongoing. The roles of various persons involved in the said importation also make the ‘under investigation by DRI,’ the department said.
The cocaine is estimated to be worth more than Rs 500 crore in the international illicit market.
In the financial year 2021-22, during its operations across the country, DRI had seized 321 kg of cocaine, which is valued at over Rs 3,200 crore in the international illicit market.
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