Mumbai: 18 October 2022
Based on intelligence developed, the officers of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Mumbai Zonal Unit, intercepted two USA-origin courier consignments imported at Courier Terminal in Air Cargo Complex, Mumbai. The examination resulted in the seizure of 86.5 Kg of high-quality hydroponic weed concealed in the consignments. The consignments were mis-declared as ‘Outdoor Concrete Firepit’ and were destined for Bhiwandi, Maharashtra.
The seizure was a result of multi- agency coordination with stakeholders.
Further investigation and follow-up searches were carried out at the related addresses of a warehouse and office premises linked to the importer. These searches resulted in the crackdown on the drug cartel resulting in the arrest of two Indian nationals from Mumbai, Maharashtra.
The high-quality hydroponic weed (ganja) is having a value of Rs. 39.5 crores in the illicit market. The current seizure indicates an alarming trend of hydroponic weed of USA origin being imported. Further investigation is in progress.