New Delhi: In its biggest seizure in the recent past, over 400 kg of Ketamine --commonly known as ‘date rape drug’ --has been seized by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence from a port in Tamil Nadu. The consignment containing 440 kg of Ketamine Hydrochloride, worth over Rs.50 crore in the international market, was meant to be smuggled to Malaysia. It was seized by DRI sleuths from Tuticorin port, Chennai late on Thursday, official sources said. The DRI has also arrested three people including a person arrested by it in 2007 in a similar case.

The sources said the consignment was covered under two shipping bills consigned to Malaysia and declared to contain iodised salt, fried grams, rice flakes and other miscellaneous items.

In all, the goods declared under the two shipping bills containing 519 kg of iodised salt weighed about 13 metric tones. An inspection of the salt bags revealed that 22 bags contained the drug, which, though not covered under the stringent NDPS Act requires a license to be exported from Narcotics Commissioner, Gwalior. Sources said, since regular export of salt also happened through this port the smugglers would have zeroed in on the Tuticorin port. - PTI