Indian officials announced today that they had seized almost three tonnes heroin originating in Afghanistan and valued at Rs 200 billion (EUR 2.31 billion).
Afghanistan is the world’s largest illicit opium supplier, but since taking office the Taliban have said they plan to ban the drug trade, without giving details of how they will do so.
Two people have been arrested in connection with the drug seizure and investigations are ongoing, an official in Gujarat said, asking not to be named because he was not authorized to speak in public.
The top Indian The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized two containers in Gujarat’s Muntra port on September 15 after receiving information that they contained drugs, the official said.
The containers were imported by a company in the southern coastal city of Vijayawada, the official added.
“Investigations so far have revealed the involvement of Afghan nationals, who are being investigated.”
DRI officials declined to comment.
The drugs were destined for Delhi and the two detainees had applied for import and export permits, citing a residence address in Vijayawanda, according to a statement from the city’s police yesterday.
The documents said the containers contained semi-processed talc stones from Afghanistan and had been sent from the port of Bandar Abbas in Iran to the port of Mudra in Gujarat, a Gujarat official said, adding that forensic experts had been present.
More than 2,988 kilograms of heroin were found in the containers.