A heroin laden 'ghost wagon' from Pakistan managed to travel across four states of the country before being hunted down in West Bengal by DRI sleuths recently.
In the process, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence has uncovered a unique modus operandi by which Pakistan based narcotics cartels had created a cavity stuffed with heroin above the wheels of a goods wagon.
The DRI seized fine quality Afghan heroin worth Rs eight crore from the wagon, which was headed for Bangladesh, after it entered the country through Wagah, official sources said.
They said the railway goods wagon (BCXT48391) carrying cement from Pakistan first made its way to a small town in Amristar district where it offloaded the cement and loaded wheat.
"We received an input that the particular wagon could be carrying heroin but by that time the wagon had moved out after being attached to another train," the sources said.
Following the input, a special team of the DRI was formed to track down the wagon but it got to know that there were two wagons with the same number running in different parts of the country.
"One of the wagon was running in Maharashtra while the other was traced down to Rajasthan. Customs was also roped in to keep track of the train. It was like tracing a ghost wagon," they said.