3000 Kg of drugs worth 2.7 bn USD were seized in the port of Gujrat. The consignment, originally from Afghanistan, now under Taliban rule, was sent to Gujarat on September 13-14 via Iran's Bandar Abbas Port and was hidden inside containers of slightly processed Afghan talc, imported by a company based in Andhra Pradesh.
In a single drug trial in India, the Directorate of Revenue and Intelligence (DRI) found 3,000kg Afghan heroin worth about 21,000 crores at the international market in two containers at the port of Mundra in Gujarat, people familiar with the development said on Sunday.
The consignment, originally from Afghanistan, now under Taliban rule, was sent to Gujarat on September 13-14 via Iran's Bandar Abbas Port and was hidden inside containers of slightly processed Afghan talc, imported by a company based in Andhra Pradesh.
Couples based in Chennai have been arrested, and many Afghans from Delhi-National Capital Region have been detained. They are being questioned over possible links to the Taliban-ISI, an official said, requesting anonymity.
DRI on September 16 and 17 searched two containers, which were exported by a company based in Kandahar, based on some intelligence operations where they found 1,999.58kg heroin packed in two bags in one container and heroin 988.64 kg in one bag. It was designed between talc to avoid detection by security and foreign authorities.
Experts at the Gandhi Nagar Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) examined the matter and found the "highest quality" heroin that may have come from Afghanistan. Authorities estimate the amount of heroin ₹ seven crores per kilogram in the international market, making it the largest confiscation in India.
Following the recovery, searches were conducted in several places, including Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Gandhidham in Gujarat and a few places in Andhra Pradesh.
Officials said that many Afghan citizens have been 'taken away' and questioned alleged contact with smugglers. Intelligence agencies believe that Pakistani elements and anti-Indian groups in the Taliban have joined forces to push Afghanistan's heroin into India to finance terrorist acts.
There have already been several meetings between inter-agency agencies discussing the impact on drug trafficking, the influx of foreign terrorists, and terrorist activities in India following the takeover of the Taliban Kabul on August 15.
The Afghan government had briefly banned the export of talc in 2015, which is a significant source of support for the Taliban and Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) as they receive $ 10 to $ 12 per tonne mineral, used in baby powder, in Nangarhar, Sherzad and Achin areas, said an anti-terrorism official.
Officials have mentioned that there could be more arrests in the case as there are severe cases worldwide.