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Kabul takeover: India seizes $2.7 billion worth of Afghan heroin amid chaos

AHMEDABAD: Indian officials on Tuesday said they have seized nearly three tonnes of heroin worth about 200 billion rupees ($2.72 billion) from Afghanistan.

Afghanistan is the world’s biggest illegal opium supplier, but since taking power, the Islamic Taliban have said they plan to ban the drug trade, without explaining how.

A Gujarat official said that two people have been arrested in this case and investigation is on.

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), India’s top anti-smuggling agency, seized two containers at Mundra port in western Gujarat on September 15, the official said.

The container was imported by a firm in the southern coastal city of Vijayawada, the official said.

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“The investigation so far has also revealed the involvement of Afghan nationals, which are under investigation.”

DRI officials declined to comment.

The Vijayawada police said in a statement on Monday that the narcotics were on their way to Delhi and the two arrested had sought import-export license based on a home address in Vijayawada.

The Gujarat official said that after the containers were declared as semi-processed talcum stones from Afghanistan and shipped from Iran’s Bandar Abbas port to Gujarat Mundra port, forensic tests confirmed the presence of heroin.

Over 2,988 kg (6,587 lb) of heroin was India’s largest ever heroin seizure.

By Sumit Khanna and Zeba Siddiqui


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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