24 kg heroin hidden in oil cans imported from Afghanistan found in Mumbai, three arrested

MUMBAI: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized 25.45 kg of heroin from a container at Navi Mumbai’s Nhava Sheva Port and arrested three persons, the agency said on Saturday. The consignment also came from Afghanistan in connection with the seizure of around 3,000 kg of heroin at the Mundra port in Gujarat last month, the DRI said in a statement.

The DRI Mumbai zonal unit had received a specific intelligence that cans of sesame seed oil and mustard oil were smuggled in. The statement said it was probably for the first time that heroin was found hidden in an oil box as the drug becomes nearly impossible to detect during a normal investigation.

DRI officials checked the container at Nhava Sheva port and found white contents hidden under five cans of mustard oil. In further investigation, 25.45 kg of heroin was recovered, the statement said.

DRI said, the container arrived in Iran through Chabahar port, it was imported from Kandahar in the name of an importer firm with South Mumbai address.

The DRI said that during interrogation, the importer – who had been in Iran for a long time – gave information about his Afghanistan connection. The man was arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

Following their interrogation, two more persons were arrested from Delhi, who were allegedly involved in ‘hawala’ transactions for the smooth import of consignments, the DRI statement said.

Earlier in July, the DRI had seized 294 kg of heroin from the Nhava Sheva Port. The consignment originated in Afghanistan and was shipped through an Iranian port.

By Naveen Bharat Staff


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