Customs officials have seized 102 kg of heroin worth Rs 700 crore. The heroin was seized by customs officials from the Attari Integrated Check Post (ICP). 102 kg of heroin was hidden in the stock of Mullethi (Licorice route) imported from Afghanistan. Integrated Check Post facilitates India's trade with Pakistan and Afghanistan.
According to the customs department, X-ray scanning of the liquor consignment revealed drug smuggling. After suspecting some irregular stains in the consignment of wooden logs, the customs officials opened the bags and found that some of the bags contained small wooden cylindrical logs but it was not alcohol.
The customs department said that the total weight of such logs was 475 kg, out of which 102 kg of heroin was recovered, valued at Rs 700 crore in the international market. The consignment of heroin was brought to India from Afghanistan via Pakistan.
It is to be noted that in Punjab, the Mann government has launched a massive campaign to curb the drug menace, although many young people are dying every day due to drug overdoses.
India imports fresh fruits, dry fruits, and herbs from Afghanistan at ICP, Attari. Earlier in June 2019, customs officials seized 532.6 kg of heroin from ICP Attari, one of the largest in India, imported from Afghanistan.
A Delhi-based importer had imported a total of 340 bags of liquor from Afghanistan-based trader A-Nazir Company Mazar-i-Sharif, which was brought to ICP, Attari by Kiber-based Logistics and Freight Transport Company, sources said. On April 22, a consignment of alcohol, including heroin, was unloaded at a cargo terminal in ICP Attari. Customs officials are investigating the clearing agency which was supposed to bring back the consignment to Delhi.