Innt`l parcels with banned drugs caught at FPO

The Foreign Post Office (FPO) here has busted an apparent drug racket smuggling banned drugs to international destinations.

Updated: Sep 14, 2011, 12:55 PM IST

New Delhi: The Foreign Post Office (FPO)
here has busted an apparent drug racket smuggling banned drugs to international destinations.

"We have found banned drugs in over 200 parcels over the
last two years that were being smuggled to international
locations," an official of the FPO said.

Most of the parcels caught with drugs were to be mailed
to addresses in the US, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and
Spain.
All international parcels sent from North India pass
through the FPO in Delhi and the post office has found that
most of the parcels containing drugs orginated from the Delhi
NCR and Punjab.

The official, who did not wish to be named, said all the
parcels carrying drugs were detected manually by an FPO
employee posted to coordinate with the Customs Department for
checking of parcels.

The employee, who has been posted in the FPO since the
last two years, identified the fishy parcels by observing
writing patterns, certain incongruity between the declared content of the parcels and the items inside and the destinations they were being shipped to.

"These are some of basic ways by which he detects the
parcels. It`s not in good interest to tell you all the methods
used by him to detect fishy parcels. Till date, there has been
95 per cent accuracy in his doubts. Since January, he has
detected drugs like heroin, charas and ketamine in close to 80
parcels," an FPO official said.

According to the official, the estimated weight of the
drugs seized is over 15 kilograms and most of the cases have
been of heroin smuggling.

PTI