INDIA: Anti-Smuggling Agency Seizes U.S. $2.7 Billion in Afghan Heroin

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Indian officials said they seized nearly 3 tons of heroin originating from Afghanistan and worth an estimated U.S. $2.72 billion in mid-September 2021, amid the chaos following the Taliban’s August 2021 takeover of the country.

Afghanistan is the world’s biggest illicit opiate supplier, but the Taliban have said they plan to ban the drug trade, without giving details.

Officials arrested two people in connection with the haul and said investigations were ongoing.

India’s top anti-smuggling agency, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, seized two containers at western Gujarat’s Mundra Port after receiving intelligence they contained narcotics, an official said. The containers had been imported by a firm in the southern coastal city of Vijayawada.

The “investigation conducted so far has also revealed the involvement of Afghan nationals, who are under investigation,” the official said.

The narcotics were headed to Delhi, and the two arrested people had sought an import-export license based on a house address in Vijayawada, police said in a statement.  Reuters

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