The deputy drugs controller (India), west region, on Monday conducted raids at two pharmaceutical companies and seized 3,131 kg of prohibited drugs worth Rs 80 lakh.
The raids were conducted at the office and godown of Sarvodaya Enterprises and Sidhambika Pharma Private Limited in Vile Parle and Bhiwandi after the authorities received a tip-off that the said companies were importing drugs illegally without registering the drug or obtaining an import license under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.
Investigations revealed that the consignments of these drugs are imported from unregistered sources in China.
“It appears that all the consignments were released from Customs, Air Cargo Complex in Sahar without informing the office of the assistant drugs controller,” said an official statement from the office of the deputy drugs controller.
The authorities also suspect that some customs officers in connivance with the company released the consignments, because the same were cleared without seeking and scrutinising the necessary documents.
The authorities estimate that since April, the said firms have cleared around 60 consignments of drugs valued at several crores.