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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Over 400 kgs of 'date rape drug' seized, 3 arrested

    New Delhi, Dec 25 (PTI) In a major seizure, the Directorate of Revenue intelligence has seized over 400 kgs of Ketamine, commonly known as 'date rape drug', valued at over Rs 50 crore in the international market from Tamil Nadu.

    DRI has also arrested three persons in this regard yesterday.

    Official sources said the 440 kgs of the narcotic substance was recovered in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu.

    Based on specific intelligence, the DRI carried out searches of a consignment of salt meant to be exported. The inspection of over 400 bags of salt revealed that about 27 bags contained Ketamine.

    The presence of the contraband was established only after chemical analysis of the consignment since it looks like salt.

    Sources said the abuse of Ketamine is not much known in India but it is in high demand in South Asian countries where it is commonly used in parties.




  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Biggest-ever haul of ‘party drug’ by DRI

    CHENNAI: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized a huge cache of 440 kg of ketamine hydrochloride, popularly known as party drug, at Tuticorin Port, its largest ever capture of the contraband.

    Based on information that the banned drug was being smuggled out of the country in packages of salt and miscellaneous items via ports, the DRI increased its vigil at Tuticorin Port.

    On Thursday, DRI sleuths of the Chennai office intercepted an export consignment covered under two shipping bills consigned to Malaysia containing iodised salt, fried grams, rice flakes and other miscellaneous items. In total, 519 bags of iodised salt weighing 13 metric tonnes were billed.

    On examination, it was found that 22 of the 519 bags of iodised salt, though had exactly identical details including marks and printed description on the bags, were of slightly different external appearance.

    When these 22 bags were opened for verification, they were found to contain substance resembling ketamine.

    Later, the sleuths recovered 440 kg of ketamine worth Rs 44 crore, filled in 589 retail packs resembling normal iodised salt packs.

    Besides apprehending three persons in this connection, DRI officials also verified the Import Export Code (IEC), which turned out to be a bogus one.

    Incidentally, one of the trios arrested was also involved in the smuggling of 100 kg of ephedrine in the year 2007.

    Sea route is much preferred by ketamine smugglers, sources said.

    Since 2006, the seizures of ketamine have been on the rise.

    Express News Service
    dec 26 2009

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