Chennai, Oct 15 (PTI) Ketamine valued at Rs nine crore in the international market has been seized from a Malaysia-bound consignment at Tuticorin port, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) said here today.
98 kg of the analgesic drug was found concealed among pooja items yesterday, a DRI release said, adding that this was the second largest haul at Tuticorin this year, after 125 kg of ketamine was seized in March.
"Abuse of ketamine was rapidly spreading in rave parties in East and South Asia besides Europe and the US," the release said.
Export of ketamine requires a 'no objection certificate' from the Narcotics Commissioner, it said.
9 crore = 1.9 million USD
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Ketamine worth Rs 9crore ($1.9million USD) seized