The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has sought details from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in connection with the seizure of 3,000 kg of heroin at a port in Gujarat, sources said.
India Today TV has learnt that the financial probe agency, after going through the details, would lodge a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The seized drug, reportedly worth Rs 21,000 crore, was sent from Afghanistan.
After the seizure of the drug, the DRI officials arrested a Chennai-based couple in Delhi on charges of smuggling 3,000 kg of heroin from Afghanistan. The duo was held after the central agency carried out a search operation at various premises in Delhi, Tamil Nadu’s Chennai and Gujrat’s Ahmedabad, Gandhidham and Mandvi.
HEROIN SMUGGLED FROM AFGHANISTAN
The DRI probe, according to officials, revealed that the heroin was imported as semi-processed Talc stones originating from Afghanistan by a Vijayawada-based Aashi Trading Company.
The consignment was shipped from Iran’s Bandar Abbas Port to Mundra Port, Gujarat.
“Intelligence indicated that these drugs originated from Afghanistan. Accordingly, officers of DRI detained the consignment (two containers, 40 tonnes) for examination under the provisions of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic substance Act,” DRI officials said after the seizure of consignment on September 17.
“During the examination, the forensic experts confirmed the presence of heroin. Accordingly, 1999.579 kg recovered from the first container and 988.64 kg recovered from the second container, totalling 2988.219 kg were seized under the provisions of the NDPS Act,” added the DRI officials.
The investigative agencies suspect the involvement of a few Afghans and Indian nationals in smuggling high-quality heroin.
The seized consignment originated from Afghanistan possibly after the Taliban took over the country, sources said.