DRI Pune Regional Unit Seizes 101.31 Kg of Psychotropic substance purported to be Methaqualone

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Based on intelligence, the officers of DRI, Pune Regional Unit, Pune intercepted one vehicle viz. Maruti Suzuki Swift Dezire Car having Telangana registration, at Pune on 22.08.2023. During detailed examination of the above vehicle, it was found that the vehicle was carrying 4 blue coloured plastic containers containing white crystalline material. Primary field tests indicated the said substance to be Methaqualone, a psychotropic substance under the provisions of the NDPS Act, 1985.

Therefore, the said vehicle along with the 101.31 Kg of said substance purported to be Methaqualone, having an illicit value of Rs. 50.65 Crores (approx), has been seized by the DRI under the provisions of the NDPS Act, 1985.
Five persons, who are residents of Telangana, Maharashtra, Delhi and Haryana have been arrested under the provisions of the NDPS act, 1985 in connection with the case.

Preliminary investigations indicate that the arrested persons were engaged in illegal sale/ purchase, transportation and export of psychotropic substances and the cartel may be spread in multiple states of India and may also have overseas connections .Further Investigation in this case is in progress.
      Directorate of Revenue Intelligence is a premier agency which combats import export frauds, besides doing anti-smuggling and anti-narcotics work. The booking of this case reaffirms DRI’s commitment towards combating the drug menace in the country.