Directorate of Revenue Intelligence seizes foreign branded cigarettes worth Rs. 8.04 Crores in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai

Directorate of Revenue Intelligence seizes foreign branded cigarettes worth Rs. 8.04 Crores in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai

Directorate of Revenue Intelligence seizes foreign branded cigarettes worth Rs. 8.04 Crores in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai

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In a significant crackdown on smuggling activities, officers of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Mumbai Zonal Unit (MZU) conducted simultaneous searches at multiple premises in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. The premises were being operated by a syndicate involved in the smuggling of cigarettes and other contraband items.

Acting on specific intelligence, the DRI’s coordinated action led to the seizure of 53.64 lakh foreign branded cigarette sticks, valued at Rs. 8.04 Crores. The mastermind of the syndicate, along with his associate, were apprehended during the operation. Both individuals admitted to their roles in dealing with the smuggled cigarettes and have been arrested under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962.

The DRI has consistently played a crucial role in curbing illegal smuggling activities in India. This recent bust is part of the DRI’s ongoing efforts to dismantle syndicates involved in such illicit trade.