DRI destroys 23,000 kgs of Mandrax in Rajasthan
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has destroyed over 23,000 kgs of Mandrax, a psychotropic substance, seized by it about two years ago, an official statement said today.
"This seized consignment was destroyed on July 24 and July 25, 2018, after following the procedure of pre-trial disposal specified under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985," the statement said.
The disposal was conducted by the officials of DRI and Jodhpur customs under the supervision of a high-level drug disposal committee.
"This had resulted in the recovery of 23,320 kilograms of Methaqualone tablets packed in plastic bags. The contraband substance was recovered from a secret compartment. The tablets were seized by DRI under the Narcotic Drug & Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 on November 2, that year. "This was reportedly one of the biggest seizures of Methaqualone tablets in the world. On testing, the purity of the seized Methaqualone was found to be more than 90 percent," it said.
The investigation revealed that methaqualone tablets were exported to African countries like Mozambique, Kenya, and Malawi, concealed in export consignments of the firms/ companies controlled by the mastermind, who was involved in the manufacture and export of the same since 1995-96, the DRI said.
The agency had arrested eight persons in this case including the mastermind. The trial in the case is under progress in a special NDPS court, Udaipur, it said.
After the seizure, the contraband was stored in three shipping containers in the secured premises of the Border Security Force, Udaipur.
After the completion of all legal procedures for disposal of the seized goods, a high-level drug disposal committee was constituted by the Commissioner of Customs (Preventive), Jodhpur for the destruction of the seized contraband, the DRI said.
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