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New Delhi : In its continued crackdown on smuggling of Heroin into India, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) detained two containers on September 13, 2021, for examination, that had arrived at Mundra Port in Gujarat from Kandhar, Afghanistan via Bandar Abbas, Iran. The containers were declared to contain Semi-processed Talc Stones. Detailed examination of the containers led to the seizure of 2,988 kg of Heroin from the two containers on September 17, 2021, and September 19, 2021, 2021.

The Heroin was concealed in jumbo bags said to contain unprocessed talc powder. Heroin was placed in the lower layers of the bags. It was then topped with Talc stones to avoid detection. Resultantly, Heroin had to be painstakingly separated from the Talc Stones, according to a PIB release.

Immediate follow-up operations were carried out in New Delhi, Noida (UP), Chennai, Coimbatore, Ahmedabad, Mandvi, Gandhidham, and Vijaywada. This led to recovery of 16.1 kg of Heroin from a Godown in Delhi, 10.2 kg powder suspected to be cocaine and 11 kg of substance suspected to be Heroin from a residential place in Noida.

A total of eight persons including four Afghan nationals, one Uzbek National, and three Indian nationals have been arrested in the case so far. The arrested Indian Nationals include the holder of the Import Export Code (IEC), which was used to import the consignment. He was arrested from Chennai. Investigations are in progress.