The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized a consignment of 47kg of ketamine — a party drug — from Indira Gandhi International airport on Tuesday night.
On Wednesday, DRI sleuths conducted raids at the factory and house of a tobacco businessman in connection with the seizures. Raids were conducted at 20 other places in Chennai and Delhi.
Officials said the drugs were concealed in pouches of a chewable tobacco. They had specific information that a consignment was on its way to Malaysia on Tuesday night. They intercepted the consignment at the international cargo terminal of the airport.
“Nearly 1.5 lakh tobacco pouches were seized and on examining them, the drug was recovered. The samples were sent for tests and on Wednesday and it was ascertained that they were ketamine, a party drug,” said a senior official.
The official added that the though the tobacco was manufactured in Delhi, the consignment had originated from Chennai. They were investigating whether the drugs were packed in Delhi and sent to Chennai after that.
“We have got the names of the company and the people who were sending the consignment and are interrogating them for details,” said the official. On Wednesday, officials questioned the owner of the tobacco brand. They added that though it was not used in India, it is in demand abroad.
“We have got the address and are trying to ascertain who was the person it was meant for,” the official said.
The drugs were worth crores in the international market. The cargo company through which the consignment was routed was also raided by the DRI sleuths, who seized some registers and documents from the office and were examining them for further details.