NIA, NCB, others join Mundra cocaine bust investigation
DRI had initially estimated the seized drugs to be worth ₹2.5k crore, now find value closer to ₹5K cr
Ahmedabad: Following the seizure of two containers carrying cocaine worth at least Rs2,000 crore by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) at the Mundra port, other agencies, including the National Investigation Agency, Customs and state ATS have joined the investigation, officials said on Friday.
The two containers, which had been headed to headed to Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh, were purportedly carrying “talcum powder” from Kandahar in Afghanistan and had been loaded at Iran’s Iran’s Chabahar port.
Initially, DRI had estimated that the seized drugs were worth about Rs2,000 crore worth. However, on testing and weighing each packet, the agency estimates that the value of the drug may touch Rs5,000 crore--making it the largest such seizure in the nation.
As the containers were loaded with drugs from Afghanistan, agencies fear that the cash-strapped Taliban may be exporting drugs to India.
The person who had imported it is now in the custody of DRI and is being interrogated by the DRI and other agencies who hope to get the facts of the transaction, including how payment for the consignment was made.
If it was through the hawala market, who others are involved in the racket, and whether Taliban have any local cell or men in the nation.