This is the biggest ever catch of ketamine, says official
MADURAI: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials seized 440 kg of ketamine before it could be smuggled to Malaysia at the Tuticorin Port on Friday.
Acting on a tip-off, DRI officials, led by the Deputy Director, A.F.M. Amalraj conducted a thorough check of the goods being handled by a Chennai-based export house.
The agency had declared to export common salt, rice flakes, fried chic-pea and dried vegetables.
The search that began a little before midnight led to the detection of 22 bags of ketamine, each weighing 20 kg. They had tried to smuggle out ketamine as common salt.
“This is the biggest ever catch of ketamine in the country,” Mr.Amalraj told The Hindu.
The seized contraband, valued at Rs.1.5 crore in India, could fetch up to Rs.44 crore in international market, he said.
Three persons, N. Kandasamy of Kovilpatti, Sateesh (34) and Mahadevan (43) from Chennai, were arrested.
Among those involved in the operation were senior intelligence officers, M. Raj, A. Muthukrishnan and N. Arunachalam.
Our Chennai Special Correspondent writes
As ketamine hydrochloride was not covered under the Narcotic Substances and Psychotrophic Substances Act, the Customs and Revenue Intelligence authorities book the offenders under Section 113 of the Customs Act of 1962.