By Sumit Khanna and Zeba Siddiqui
AHMEDABAD (Reuters) – Indian officers mentioned on Tuesday that they had seized practically three tonnes of heroin originating from Afghanistan value an estimated 200 billion rupees ($2.72 billion) amid the chaos following final month’s takeover of the nation by the Taliban.
Afghanistan is the world’s greatest illicit opiate provider https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/profits-poppy-afghanistans-illegal-drug-trade-boon-taliban-2021-08-16, however since taking energy, the Islamist Taliban have mentioned they plan to ban the drug commerce, with out giving particulars on how.
Two individuals had been arrested in reference to the haul and investigations had been ongoing, an official in Gujarat mentioned, declining to be named as he was not authorised to talk publicly.
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), India’s prime anti-smuggling company, seized two containers at western Gujarat’s Mundra Port on Sept. 15 after receiving intelligence they contained narcotics, the official mentioned.
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The containers had been imported by a agency within the southern coastal metropolis of Vijayawada, the official added.
“Investigation carried out to date has additionally revealed the involvement of Afghan nationals, who’re beneath investigation.”
DRI officers declined to remark.
The narcotics had been headed to Delhi and the 2 arrested individuals had sought an import-export licence primarily based on a home tackle in Vijayawada, police in Vijayawada mentioned in an announcement on Monday.
The containers had been declared as containing semi-processed talc stones from Afghanistan and had been shipped from Bandar Abbas Port in Iran to Gujarat Mundra port, the Gujarat official mentioned, including that forensic assessments confirmed the presence of heroin.
More than 2,988 kg of heroin was recovered in considered one of India’s greatest such hauls to this point.
(Reporting by Sumit Khanna and Zeba Siddiqui; Editing by Nick Macfie)
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