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Two people were detained & arrested in connection with the haul and further investigations are now ongoing, said an official in Gujarat who declined to be named for security reasons.
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), India’s top anti-smuggling trade agency, seized two containers at the western Gujarat’s Mundra Port on Sept. 15 after receiving intelligence reports they contained narcotics, the official said.
The containers were imported by a firm in the southern coastal city of Vijayawada, the official added.
“Investigation conducted so far has also revealed direct involvement of Afghan nationals, who are under investigation.” DRI officials declined to comment any further.
The narcotics were enroute to Delhi and the two suspects who were arrested were seeking an import-export license based on a house address in Vijayawada, police in Vijayawada also said in a statement on Monday.
The containers had been declared as containing semi-processed talc stones from Afghanistan and had been shipped from the Bandar Abbas Port in Iran to Gujarat Mundra Port, the Gujarat official said, adding that forensic tests had confirmed the presence of heroin.
A total of more than 2,988 kg of heroin were recovered, making this one of India’s largest hauls of illegal drug traffic on record.✪