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Amreli Pipavav Port heroin seized cargo lay unclaimed

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AHMEDABAD : Nearly two days after a huge quantity of heroin was seized in Pipavav port of Amreli, the officers of Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) said that the container carrying the drug was an unclaimed one and without an invoice.

Sources in the ATS said that what led to suspicion about the contents of the container was the fact that it had been lying unclaimed at Pipavav port since December and did not have any invoice with it.

“Usually, if a container carries illegal goods, it is incorrectly declared or the goods are concealed. However, in the Pipavav case, it seems that no rules were followed while offloading the container at the port. Since each parcel gets scanned at the port, it could have happened that the scanner may have been switched off in which case, someone from the port might be involved,” said a DRI officer.

An ATS officer said that the container originated from Afghanistan and was routed to India through Bandar-Abbas port of Iran.“The container with a gross weight of 9,760kg was found to carry bales of thread. On a detailed examination of 100 jumbo bags, it was found that four bags, weighing 395kg, contained threads with opiate derivatives. This was found following the field testing done by the regional Forensic Science Laboratory,” said an ATS officer.

The officer said that the threads contained at least 90kg of heroin worth Rs 450 crore. He said they have been searching various premises at Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh and other northern states for leads.“The operation is still on. It might take time to quantify the stock of heroin which we found from a premises in Uttar Pradesh,” said another ATS officer.

The officer said that in most cases of heroin seizure by Gujarat ATS, the containers were to reach northern states, mainly Delhi, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. So, the searches would go on for a long time in those states, he said.

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