Navi Mumbai:  A big consignment of illegal drugs being smuggled into India from Afghanistan was seized at the Navi Mumbai port. The illegal drugs worth Rs 1000 crore were being smuggled hidden in plastic pipes from Afghanistan from Iran. The pipes in which the drugs were being smuggled were painted in such a manner that they look like bamboo.

When the drugs were caught by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and officials of the Customs Department, the smugglers said that it was a consignment of Ayurvedic medicines. When the officers questioned why the drugs were being hidden, the smugglers said that they were taking precautions so that the medicines don’t spoil. However, when the officers strictly questioned them about the drugs, the smugglers confessed to the crime.

Two Customs agents who had prepared import papers for the consignment have been arrested. Also, an import officer and a financer have been arrested in Delhi. They are now being brought to Delhi.

Customs agents Meenanath Bodke and Kondibhau Pandurang Gunjal will be produced in a local court. They have been sent to 14-day judicial custody. Bodke told the investigating agency that a man named Mohmmad Numan had introduced him to a Delhi importer Suresh Bhatia. In the investigations, it was found that Bhatia had earlier been arrested for drug smuggling.

According to the agencies, this is the biggest drug racket bust yet. Before this, Punjab Police STF had busted a racket last year in which 194 kg of heroin was seized from Amritsar. 6 people were arrested in the case.