A parcel consisting of narcotic substances which was being smuggled into India in an international courier package was intercepted at the air cargo complex by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), officials said on Sunday. Based on intelligence that narcotic substances were likely to be smuggled into India through an international courier package, officers from DRI, Mumbai intercepted the package at the Mumbai Air Cargo Complex on October 20.
The package came from Paris and was destined for an address in Nalasopara, on the outskirts of Mumbai. A thorough search of the package recovered 1.9kg of the amphetamine-like substance in tablet form worth more than Rs 15 crore in the illicit international market, customs officials have informed. According to DRI officers, the tablets were packaged in polythene wrappers concealed inside the body of the corrugated packaging material.
In a follow-up action, DRI agents, in a meticulously planned operation, uncovered multiple layers of recipients through which the shipment changed hands. Officials said the original recipient of the package was caught when he took delivery of the package. His questioning led to another person who was next in line. The second person was also caught in the same way. The questioning of the second defendant revealed that the final recipient of the package was a Nigerian national.
The Nigerian national was also arrested when he came to receive the package. Three people, including a Nigerian national, have been apprehended in the case so far, officials said. Further investigation into the case is ongoing. (ANI)
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