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Threads soaked in heroin worth Rs 450 crore seized from Gujarat’s Port

By Priyanka Verma 
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Ahmedabad: In a joint operation, the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad(ATS) and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) have recovered nearly 90 kilogram of heroin worth Rs 450 crore from a shipping container that arrived at the Pipavav port in Amreli district from Iran, the state DGP said on Friday.

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“The DRI and Gujarat ATS have seized 395 kg of yarn which contained around 80-90 kg of heroin derivative. It is estimated to cost ₹450 crore. The container was lying at Pipavav port for the past five months and acting on an intelligence jointly developed by DRI and ATS Gujarat, it was examined,” Gujarat director general of police (DGP) Ashish Bhatia said.

Giving details of the modus operandi, Bhatia said the traffickers soaked yarn in a solution containing heroin. They were then dried, made into bales and packed in bags. These bags were then shipped alongside bags containing bales of normal threads in an attempt to deceive the authorities, he said.

“The modus operandi in this case would have required the extraction of heroin mixed in the threads. Examination and seizure proceedings by the DRI under the provisions of the NDPS Act, 1985 are underway,” said the release.

Apart from the record seizure of 3,000 kg heroin from a consignment of talc in September 2021 at Mundra Port and 205 kg of heroin from a container containing Gypsum in April 2022 at Kandla Port, DRI officers in two cases in February and March seized heroin from cargo containers at the container depot at Tughlakabad, New Delhi.

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In the first case, 34.7 kg heroin was seized from four containers declared to contain rock salt. In the second case, 2.4 kg heroin was seized in the form of sediment from a consignment of Pomegranate juice.

Recently, nine Pakistani nationals were also arrested by Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in a joint operation with the Indian Coast Guard while trying to smuggle heroin worth ₹280 crore on the Indian side. The Pakistani boat ‘Al Haj’ was carrying about 56 kg of heroin.

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