In a major narcotics haul, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Bangalore, intercepted a Kuala Lumpur-bound passenger at the Bengaluru International Airport and seized ketamine worth Rs. 2 crore concealed in packs of breakfast cereal here on Thursday.
DRI Additional Director M. Vinod Kumar said that the passenger was to board a Malaysian Airlines flight on Wednesday. A thorough examination of his baggage led to the recovery of 19.5 kg of ketamine, a substance banned under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985.
“It was concealed in carton boxes of branded ready-to-eat cereals such as oats and muesli,” Mr. Vinod Kumar said in a press note.
Mr. Vinod Kumar added that there was a spike in the smuggling of ketamine to south Asian countries.