Mumbai: Drugs worth Rs 40.7 lakh hidden inside cycle seats seized

Mumbai Cargo Customs officials recover 4kg amphetamine with an estimated market value of Rs 40.7 lakh, concealed within 25 cycle seats; consignment is believed to be headed for London, from Andheri firm

The Special Investigation and Intelligence Branch (SIIB) Officers of the Mumbai Cargo Customs believe that smugglers are now using a safer route to sneak in drugs into Mumbai.

The amphetamine that was hidden in the cycle seats
The amphetamine that was hidden in the cycle seats

On Friday night, the team, on specific information, went to the Koldongri, Andheri East office of M/S Total Courier and Cargo Services Pvt. Limited.

Examination of a consignment resulted in the recovery of 4.070 kg of white crystalline powder, purported to be amphetamine with an estimated market value of Rs 40.7 lakh, concealed inside 25 cycle seats.

The officers arrested the manager of the firm, Edward Rodrigues. Officers said that the proprietor is on the run. It is suspected that the consignment was to be smuggled to London.

“We are of the view that the courier company may be involved,” said a Customs official.

Previous case
An employee of the courier firm, Aramex, was caught in a smuggling case after Customs officers seized 55kg from the courier agency’s office in 2014. The jewellery, intercepted in the company's MIDC office in Andheri East, was allegedly cleared without Customs procedures and clearance. It is believed that the consignment worth R22 lakh left the terminal in two packages.

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