he Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) have reportedly seized containers with heroin worth an estimated Rs 9,000 crore from Mundra Port in Gujarat’s Kutch, according to sources. The contraband was reportedly imported from Afghanistan.
The officials had reportedly stopped the consignment for further investigation. During the search, they discovered that drugs worth crores were being imported under the guise of talcum powder.
The containers were allegedly imported from Afghanistan to Mundra Port by Ashi Trading Firm that is based in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada. The exporting firm had allegedly identified the shipment as “talcum powder”. (India Today/ Gopi Maniar)
The firm had reportedly declared the consignment as “talcum powder”. The exporting firm has been identified as Hassan Hussain Ltd., based in Kandahar, Afghanistan, as per sources.
The operation of DRI and Customs has been going on for the past five days.
Investigators on an international drug trial inspected a city-based firm after a huge consignment of heroin–which officials claimed could be the largest ever haul in one bust–was confiscated at Gujarat’s Mundra port on Wednesday.
Officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) visited Aashi Trading Company hereafter the consignment, reported weighing 2,988.22 kilograms of the banned substance with an estimated street value of Rs 2,000 crore was seized. The consignment that reportedly originated from Afghanistan, and shipped to Gujarat from Bandar Abbas Port in Iran, was addressed to Aashi, located on Gadiyaramvari Street at Satyanarayanapuram in the city.
Reports said a specific tip-off helped DRI impound the drug. Heroin, weighing 2988.22 kilograms was mixed with talc stone powder, and packed in two containers. The role of Aashi Trading Company is being investigated.