15-kg Drug consignment leads to bogus address

Oct 01, 2012, 06:55 IST | Bipin Kumar Singh

Customs officials found that the contact details provided by the man who booked the freight are of a coaching academy

Mumbai Customs officials who intercepted 15 kg of drugs on Wednesday (‘Customs seize 15 kg of party drugs hidden in salt and tea packets’) from the cargo of two London-bound flights are still to secure a breakthrough in the case.

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Top sources in the Customs confirmed to MiD DAY that they were yet to trace the kingpin who ordered the drugs.

Customs officials found that the consignment had been booked in the name of a Sanjay Tamhankar.

MiD DAY's report on September 27
High point: MiD DAY’s report on September 27, about the drug bust

Following investigations, they raided Tamhankar’s residence at JV Nagar, Andheri (East) only to find that the contact details provided were bogus.

According to inquiries, Tamhankar had vacated the premises in July but all the bookings had been made for this address. 

“When we raided the place, we found it to be a coaching academy,” said a Customs official, adding that the owner of the property — an NRI — had confirmed that Tamhankar had rented the property, but had vacated the accommodation in July this year.

The officials also revealed that based on other leads they were trying to track different numbers to know the whereabouts of Tamhankar.

“We are tracing some numbers and a major breakthrough is expected soon,” an official said.

Straight dope
In the wee hours of Wednesday, the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of Mumbai Customs seized 15 kilograms of party drugs hidden in tea bags and salt pouches in the cargo of a London-bound Air India and a Qatar Airways flight. 

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