Indian officials said that nearly three tonnes of heroin valued at $2.7 billion from Afghanistan have been confiscated in a raid operation from a western Indian port.
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) said that two Indian nationals were apprehended after the agency found heroin at the Mundra port in Gujarat.
The goods were labeled as talc shipments, but the two containers each carried nearly 2,000kg and 1,000kg of heroin, both of which were shipped from Afghanistan.
The agency said that it has conducted search operations in Ahmedabad, Delhi, Chennai, Gandhidham, and Mandvi. They will also be investigating Afghan nationals’ involvement in the matter.
Afghanistan manufactures the lion’s share of opium production, which ranges from 80-90% of the global supply. The industry has thrived in the country which has helped financially support the Taliban, who rose to power in August.
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