More than 250 ampoules of liquid ketamine hydrochloride, popularly known as the date rape drug, were found in the air cargo complex in Mumbai, in a modus operandi that has alarmed the Customs.
The ampoules, packed in 23 different parcels, were being smuggled to the US via post. The consignment was not declared, which means its contents were not shown. They were also unclaimed as they were booked by post and the booking person could not be traced.
Though initial scrutiny of documents revealed that the drug arrived from Jalgaon, the parcels did not have the names of the sender, which has made the job of tracking down the actual smugglers, difficult for authorities. The parcels were addressed to different persons in the US.
Discovered last week, the consignments have been sent for chemical analysis.
“Once the report officially confirms that the content of the ampoules is ketamine, we will seize it,” a senior officer said, requesting anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The Customs authorities are alarmed as ketamine is mostly smuggled in powder form and, that too, hidden in other declared consignments. “This was in ready-to-use form, through injections,” the officer said. The department found various sizes of ampoules including 5 ml, 10 ml and 15 ml. Authorities suspect that the drug was smuggled directly to some actual users.
Authorities are also ascertaining the value of the drug.