DRI Mumbai Zonal Unit seizes Cocaine worth 20 crores

Mumbai, 24 November 2022: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence Mumbai Zonal Unit has seized Cocaine worth around 20 crore rupees from a passenger at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport Mumbai.


Based on specific intelligence developed by the officers of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Mumbai, that some narcotic substance is being smuggled into India by a passenger who is traveling from Lagos to Mumbai via Addis Ababa on the 24th November 2022, surveillance was mounted by a team of DRI officers at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport Mumbai.


The suspected passenger was identified and intercepted by the team of DRI officers at the airport. A thorough search of his baggage led to the recovery of 2 bottles (1 litre each) of whiskey. On testing the whiskey inside the bottles by the drug detection kit, the presence of Cocaine was indicated. The gross weight of 2 bottles with liquid cocaine is approx 3.56 kg.


Cocaine was ingeniously dissolved in the liquid contained in the said bottles to make it extremely difficult to detect.


This is a unique modus operandi busted by the DRI indicating the uphill task faced by the officers of DRI on regular basis to check the drugs inflow into the country.


The illicit international market value of the contraband is more than Rs. 20 Crores (Approx.). Further investigation in the instant case is under progress to unearth and neutralize the international drug smuggling syndicate behind this.