Revenue department busts international drug syndicate, four arrested


The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has arrested four people in connection with drug smuggling and seized over 9 kg of cocaine worth Rs 100 crore from them.

The DRI apprehended two female passengers of Indonesian and Thai nationality, who had come from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, along with 9.83 kg of cocaine.

During inquiry, the women told the officials that they were taking the drugs to be delivered to a syndicate based in Delhi.

A team of officers from DRI Mumbai rushed to Delhi to capture the other members of the syndicate.

The officials laid a trap in Greater Noida with the help of local personnel and identified the mastermind. But, the mastermind got violent during the interception and he tried running away from the area by pushing the areas.

The officials chased and caught the Nigerian mastermind and his associate. The officials and the accused suffered mild injuries during the chase.

Both the gang members, along with the women, were arrested by the DRI under the provisions of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.

After the probe, the DRI found that it was an international drug smuggling racket, having expanses in Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and Nigeria.

Published By:

Ashutosh Acharya

Published On:

Mar 20, 2024


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