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Kandla 205-kg Heroin Haul: Chase Ends in Amritsar Village, Businessman-cum-importer Arrested

The heroin was confiscated at Kandla port between September and October 2021.

(Representative Image)
(Representative Image)

Chandigarh: A day after 102 kg heroin was confiscated from Attari Integrated Check Post (ICP) in Amritsar, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence made a big breakthrough by arresting a businessman wanted in connection with a 205.6-kg heroin haul case at Kandla port in Gujarat. The heroin was confiscated at Kandla port between September and October 2021.

The arrest was made in a village in Amritsar, where the businessman was hiding. The DRI pounced on him minutes before he was about to make a vanishing act to a different location. The DRI had been chasing for close to six months and he had been changing his location from time to time. The name of the accused has been kept under wraps. This contraband of heroin was recovered from one of the 17 containers which had arrived at the Kandla port from Iran on different dates.

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“Based on intelligence developed jointly with officers of the Gujarat ATS, officers of the DRI are currently examining a consignment, imported by an Uttarakhand-based firm at Kandla port,” the DRI stated. The consignment arrived at the Kandla port from the Bandar Abbas port in Iran. It was imported in 17 containers which had 10,318 bags with a total weight of 394 metric tonnes and was declared as “gypsum powder.”

Earlier, DRI carried out multiple searches throughout the country. “The importer was not found at the registered address in Uttarakhand. A manhunt was subsequently launched which ended in an Amritsar village,” as per the DRI. The DRI got his transit remand from a special court in Amritsar subsequent to which he was taken to Bhuj.

Delhi Man Held For 102-kg Heroin Haul at Attari

A day after 102-kg heroin camouflaged in mulethi was confiscated from ICP Attari, a Delhi-based businessman named Arun Mittal has been arrested by Amritsar Customs officials. Mittal is the owner of Balaji Trading Company. His firm had placed the orders for mulethi. The 485-kg consignment which came from Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan had 102 kg of heroin hidden inside it.

According to the officials, this is the second such consignment of mulethi by the same trader. The last such consignment of mulethi they received was in 2008. The truck which brought the heroin consignment was able to enter India as the full-body vehicle/truck scanner was non-functional. Had the scanner been functional, the truck driver would have been arrested. The truck driver who brought the consignment from across the border couldn’t be traced. However, the truck driver who was supposed to ferry it to Delhi is being questioned.