The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on May 26 found around 52 kilograms of Cocaine at Mundra Port in Gujarat, which is estimated to be worth ₹500 crores in the international drug market.
According to the DRI statement, an intelligence input was received about importing goods from Iran that were likely to contain narcotic drugs. The DRI launched ‘Operation Namkeen,’ and a consignment containing 1,000 bags of common salt imported from Iran was identified as the probe.
After a three-day investigation from May 24 to 26, some bags were suspicious as a substance with a distinct smell was found in them. The officials of the Directorate of Forensic Sciences conducted the tests and reported the presence of Cocaine in these samples.
The DRI is in the process of investigating the people involved in the drug consignment. In the last financial year, the agency seized 321 kgs of Cocaine worth ₹3,200 crores during an anti-drug crackdown.