13.5 kg of hashish oil seized

In a major crackdown on drug racketeering, excise officials have confiscated 13.5 kg of hashish oil, valued around ₹13 crore in the international market, and arrested five persons in the city.

A team led by Thiruvananthapuram excise circle inspector T. Anikumar intercepted the car used by the gang to smuggle the contraband near Kendriya Vidyalaya, Akkulam, around 10 a.m. on Friday.

Those arrested were identified as Anil Kumar and Babu of Idukki, Shafeeq and Shajan of Thiruvananthapuram, and Ram of Andhra Pradesh.

Besides the contraband, officials also confiscated ₹8.40 lakh in cash and eight mobile phones from the gang. The smuggled items were concealed within a panel of the car door.

Excise Commissioner Rishiraj Singh told mediapersons that the hashish oil was sourced from Andhra Pradesh and smuggled via Tamil Nadu and Idukki. The hashish was purportedly intended to be handed over to a person in the city.

According to an official release, the Thiruvananthapuram excise circle office seized 45 kg of hashish oil, estimated around ₹45 crore, last year.

In addition, 820 cases pertaining to the Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, and 992 Abkari cases were registered.

The confiscated items during the period included 555 litres of arrack, 226 kg of ganja, 168 ganja plants, 46 kg of hashish oil, 2,110 mg of meth, 14 lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) stamps, 3,082 drug capsules, 495 grams of ephedrine, 16,860 litres of koda, 13,621 kg of tobacco products, and 281 vehicles.

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