Mumbai ports

Record seizures of drugs in 'fruit and vegetable' consignments in 2022-2023

According to sources from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DROSS Mumbai Zonal Unit (MZU), in 2022-23, there were record seizures of high-value narcotics like cocaine, heroin and synthetic drugs, including methamphetamine. The figures were far higher than corresponding seizures in 2020-21 and 2021-22. 'Such seizures over the years are the result of meticulous intelligence and execution.' said an agency source. The data for 2023-24 will be available after April 2024.

In 2022-23. the MZU seized narcotics weighing a total of 864.44 kg. The total quantity of the 2020-21 seizures, at 2.485 kg, was around 2.8 times larger than the 2022-23 seizures, and yet the latter was greater in value. Agency sources said this was because of the preponderance of high-value and highly addictive and harmful narcotics such as cocaine, heroin and a range of synthetic drugs.

When asked about the record seizures of high-value narcotics. especially during last year, a DRI source said: “The DRI is always vigilant and does its utmost to seize contraband, including narcotics. to strike at the core of trafficking networks and their manufacturing-supply capabilities.”

The seizures of high-value narcotics have increased in Mumbai of late for one reason: the global shift in the method of trafficking. Narcotics trafficking has shifted to trade-based sea routes, which allows smuggling in large quantities and the possible concealment of contraband among legitimate goods.


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