The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence has seized heroin with a street value of Rs 30 lakh, which was concealed inside photo frames bearing images of Hindu deities, and was to be illegally exported to South Africa.

Based on a tip off from the Delhi unit of the Directorate, the sleuths seized a packet from a courier office here.

On examination of the sealed packet, it was found that it contained three wooden photo-frames of Lord Krishna.

Each frame was made of a wooden plate, wrapped with black paper and cloth.

After detaching the three wooden photo frames, it was found that there were cavities in the frame and each cavity contained a black coloured plastic packet having heroin, the directorate said in a statement.

They said the total worth of the seized narcotics was Rs 30 lakh.

Sources said the address given at the time of booking the consignment was found to be false.

Earlier in September 2008, the DRI in Punjab had seized seven kg heroin from a truck carrying a consignment of religious literature.

The books had cavities in them which contained small packets of heroin. Many CD cases also had heroin in them.