DRI busts Mumbai-Hyderabad drug ring, seizes 250-kg banned substances

Mukesh Ranjan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, Aug 17

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Monday mentioned it has busted a drug syndicate community working in Hyderabad and Mumbai and seized a complete of over 250 kg of various banned psychotropic substances value virtually Rs 47 crore within the gray market.

Officials within the company mentioned, the company additionally seized money of Rs 45 lakh in INR, USD and EUR forex notes, underneath the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.

A senior DRI official mentioned, “In a carefully coordinated operation spread out over 3 days across multiple locations in Mumbai and Hyderabad, officers of the agency seized a total of over 250 kg of different drugs (psychotropic substances) worth almost Rs. 47 crore in the grey market and cash of Rs. 45 lakh in INR, USD and EUR currency notes, under the provisions of the NDPS Act.”

Officials mentioned, performing on a tip-off {that a} consignment of Mephedrone, a banned psychotropic substance, was arriving in Mumbai on August 15, 2020 from Hyderabad, the DRI sleuths stored surveillance and intercepted the consignment as quickly because it arrived from Hyderabad.

“The Mephedrone consignment had been cleverly loaded in a private passenger bus as cargo with no persons accompanying it, to ensure that even if the consignment was caught, no individuals could be linked to it,” the official mentioned.

The company, nevertheless, launched a collection of follow-up raids, because the recipients of the consignment in Mumbai have been recognized and these resulted in restoration of Mephedrone and Ketamine able to be distributed, along with samples of different psychotropic substances, he mentioned, including that the operations revealed “a sophisticated distribution network both within the country and abroad”.

The seized psychotropic substances have been Mephedrone – 210 kg, Ketamine – 10 kg and Ephedrine – 31 kg, the officers mentioned, whereas claiming that the raids led to identification of a drug manufacturing laboratory in a residential premise in Mumbai and a manufacturing unit in Hyderabad, resulting in restoration of an enormous amount of varied chemical uncooked materials supposed for additional manufacture of the medicine. In the method the DRI sleuths arrested three individuals, they knowledgeable.

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