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India seizes heroin-soaked yarn worth US$ 58 million

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Indian Customs officials stand next to boxes of suspected heroin-laced yarn during a news conference held in Amritsar, India.

INDIA: Indian authorities seized 90 kilogrammes of drugs worth US$58 million from a port in the western state of Gujarat, a police officer said on Saturday, the third such haul in two weeks.Friday’s seizure was made from a container that arrived in the port of Pipavav at a time when India has stepped up vigilance on its western border to prevent drug smuggling from Iran and Afghanistan.

“The container was filled with yarn, but an examination showed that the threads were laced with a heroin derivative, before being dried and converted into bales,” a state police official told Reuters.

The heroin mixed in the threads would have required to be extracted, the federal government said in a statement.

This week, police seized 56kg of heroin worth US$ 37 million and arrested nine Pakistanis in a marine operation.



Monday, May 2, 2022 – 01:00

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