World’s Largest Drug bust: Heroine worth INR 21000 crores seized at Gujarat’s Port
Almost three tonnes of heroin with a street value of $2.8bn (Rs. 21,000 crores) have been seized from two containers at Adani Group’s Mundra Port from Afghanistan. It is said to be one of the biggest drug busts in India and the world.
The consignment has originated from Afghanistan which is now being ruled by the Islamic militant group, the Taliban. It was shipped to Gujarat on September 13-14 via Iran’s Bandar Abbas Port and was hidden inside the containers of semi-processed Afghan talcum powder, imported by a firm based in Andhra Pradesh.
A Chennai-based couple has been arrested and several Afghan nationals from the Delhi-National Capital Region have been detained by agencies. An officer requesting anonymity said they are being intensively interrogated for possible Taliban-ISI links.
The two containers exported by a Kandahar-based company were searched by DRI on September 16 and 17, on the basis of specific intelligence inputs upon which it found 1,999.58kg of heroin packed in two bags in one container and 988.64 kg heroin in one bag in another container. It was layered between the talc to avoid detection by security and customs officials.
According to reports, DRI had got a tip-off about the consignment and has been working to seize it for the last five days. Mundra port is managed by the Adani Group. It is well known that Afghanistan is the world’s biggest producer of heroin, supplying between 80-90% of global output. Experts even say that heroin production has boomed in Afghanistan in recent years, which further act as aid to fund the Taliban invaded and captured Afghanistan in the month of August.
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