Major drug haul in Mumbai: Methamphetamine, cocaine worth Rs 1,476 crore recovered, 5 held

In a major drug haul, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DIR) on Saturday recovered methamphetamine and cocaine worth Rs 1,476 crore in Mumbai from a truck carrying imported oranges.

According to the officials privy to the raid, 198 kg of high purity crystal methamphetamine and 9 kg cocaine concealed in cartons of Valencia oranges. The agency has also arrested the importer of the goods, reported the NDTV.

“It was found that a large quantity of drugs was concealed in the cartons carrying Valencia oranges. The importer of the goods has been nabbed and is being interrogated. Further probe is underway,” DRI said in a statement.

Yesterday, the anti-drugs agency NCB prevented an attempt in Mumbai to bring “black cocaine” into the country.

The Mumbai branch of the Narcotics Control Bureau on September 24 seized a total of 1,218 kilograms of mephedrone, worth Rs 2,435 crore in the illicit market, from the gang. Two days later, the police seized cocaine valued at Rs 13 crore in the international market from a foreign national at the airport. According to the NDTV it was the first time that this type of cocaine was caught in India, as black cocaine is not visible during scanning and sniffer dogs cannot detect it either.

Last month also the Anti-Narcotics Cell of Mumbai Police seized 703 kg of MD drug worth around Rs 1400 crore from Nalasopara area. Five persons were arrested then.

The Mumbai police commissioner has reiterated that action on the drug menace in the city is his top priority, but there does not seem any let-up in the crime.

Independence estimate puts that around 100 million Indians consume drugs like cocaine and cannabis. – India News Stream

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