On Saturday, a consignment of heroin worth Rs 1,000 crore was smuggled into the country under the garb of Ayurvedic medicine.
The wooden pipes were covered by bark that appeared to be pasted on them. | Photo Credit: ANI
- On Saturday, heroin weighing 191 kilograms was seized from Nhava Sheva port in Mumbai
- The contraband had been brought to the country from Afghanistan
Mumbai: In a massive haul of drugs, heroin worth Rs 1,000 was seized at the Nhava Sheva port on Saturday. The contraband weighed around 191 kilograms and was confiscated after the officials received a tip-off. The contraband was smuggled to India from Afghanistan via Iran.
The drug had been hidden in plastic pipes that had been painted to make them look like bamboos. The contraband had been declared an Ayurvedic medicine, to make the transport easier.
The Customs and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized the contraband after a Customs official gave a tip-off. Following this, officials of special intelligence and investigation branch (SIIB) approached the DRI for help.
Contraband was inside gunny bags
An official said that when they examined the container, they noticed orange-coloured gunny bags that had been imported by Sarvim Exports. The goods inside the gunny bags had been labelled as Glycyrrhiza glabra extract or licorice root extract.
The wooden pipes were covered with bark that appeared to be pasted on them. When the officials removed the outer bark, they noticed that it was a green pipe with a powder stuffed inside it, The Times of India reported. An NDPS test was also conducted to ensure that the powder was heroin.
After the test confirmed that contraband was being transported into the country, the NDPS confiscated it. Two customs house agents- Meenanatha Bodake of MB Shipping and Logistics Solution and Kondibhau Pandurang Gunjan were arrested for their involvement in the case. The two accused were produced before a court and were remanded in judicial custody.