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DRI seizes 29 kg of hashish in Kochi

Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials have seized 29 kg of hashish worth Rs 4.5 crore in the international market from the parking lot of a prominent hotel in Kochi.

india Updated: Nov 24, 2009 17:06 IST

Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials have seized 29 kg of hashish worth Rs 4.5 crore in the international market from the parking lot of a prominent hotel in Kochi.

A Tirupur-based gang had tried to smuggle the narcotic in the guise of an export consignment to European countries, DRI sources told PTI today.

Two persons namely, Ramaraj and Ramesh belonging to Tirupur in Tamil Nadu, have been arrested and a car in which the consignment was found, was also seized, the sources said.

As a follow up, 100 kg of Ephedrine, a chemical widely used as a narcotic drug in Europe, was seized from a godown in
Tirupur town, the sources said.

The ephedrine consignment would fetch Rs five crore in the illicit market, a DRI release said.

Enquiries indicate that a gang bringing hashish and brown sugar across Indian borders, are smuggling out these narcotics in export consignment of garments through various ports in South India, it said.

DRI is investigating suspected links of these smugglers and exporters based at Tirupur, Chennai, Tuticorin and Kochi. The present seizure is the biggest in terms of quantity and value ever effected in Kerala, the release said.

Information has been received indicating that foreign nationals operating in neighbouring countries masquerading as
agents for export firms are running this racket, the release said, adding, more arrests and seizures are expected shortly.