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Courier a better option for narcotics trafficking agents

Narcotics trafficking agents find courier companies a better and safer platform to traffic their goods, reports Yogesh Joshi.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2007 16:56 IST

Are the narcotics trafficking agents finding courier companies a better and safer platform to traffic their goods? The latest seizure of more than one kilogram of heroine, kept under the cover of a book was supposed to be transported outside the country using private courier companies. This has revealed this new trend of drugs trafficking in Pune. 
 
The latest recovery of 1350 grams of heroine from the centers of two different courier companies have made the central excise and Narcotics cell officials think about keeping a strict vigil on these private postal services. The latest incident came into light on January 17 when officials of Central exercise custom unit raided two courier company centers situated in Koregaon Park and Shastri Nagar area and confiscated 1350 grams worth Rs 1.50 crores of white powder of heroine. 
 
"The heroine was kept in a small polythene bag, which was kept under the main cover of nine thick books", Sunil Kumar Sahani, commissioner, Central Excise (custom), told the Hindustan Times. He informed that the white powder like heroine kept in books was meant for Texas city in United States. A team of excise officials led by additional commissioner AD Petkar acted to seize the heroine on the tip-off of courier agents, who found books to be suspicious in nature.
 
Even as the officials could successfully recover the addictives, Sahani said that the persons behind trafficking of these goods could not be nabbed so far. He said that the investigation to arrest those behind the heroine trafficking is on and their department is coordinating with Delhi and Mumbai counterparts to nab the person whose description has been prepared.  
 
Sahani said that "sending various addictive drugs, which are banned everywhere, through private couriers has become a new trend. And in this trend, courier agencies are being misused". It was the fourth incident during the last four months, in which narcotics were recovered from various items including boxes and covers of compact discs, which was meant to be sent to western countries using courier services. 
 
Anti-Narcotic Cell, Police Inspector, SB Suryawanshi said that Pune has become a safer place for the drugs traffickers to operate from. "Whatever heroine and brown sugar comes to the city is from boundaries of the country at the North West side. The addictives are then sent to western parts of the world", he added. The main consumers of these banned addictives in the city are mostly students and tourists who come to Pune from African and Caribbean countries.