Biggest heroin seizure in Delhi, Afghan national arrested

In the biggest heroin haul here in recent time, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) today arrested an Afghan national along with 52 kgs of high-grade contraband worth Rs 80 crore in the drug market.

Updated: Nov 16, 2010, 23:35 PM IST

New Delhi: In the biggest heroin haul here
in recent time, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI)
today arrested an Afghan national along with 52 kgs of
high-grade contraband worth Rs 80 crore in the drug market.

The DRI sleuths, based on specific inputs, intercepted a
sedan being driven by a 34-year-old Afghan national on the
Singu border with Haryana and recovered 54 packets of one
kilogram each, official sources said.

The Kandahar resident, who had come to India in
September this year, has been arrested and booked under the
stringent NDPS Act. He was being interrogated and a hunt had
been launched to nab his accomplice, they said.

Today`s seizure is the biggest in the national capital
in the last 15 years.

Preliminary information suggests that the contraband had
been brought into the country through the Indo-Pak border in
Amritsar and was meant to be smuggled out of the country.

The national capital has often been used by the drug
cartels as a transit point.

Since April, DRI has detected 193 cases of smuggling and
seized narcotics drugs and other contraband like ketamine and
ephedrine besides environmentally-sensitive commodities worth
Rs 243 crore.

Among narcotics drugs, 28 kg of heroin and 11 tonne of
ganja with street value of Rs 152 crore were seized across the
country.

-PTI