DRI busts drug syndicate, seizes 23.5 tonnes of Mandrax tablets worth over ₹ 30,000 million
These tablets are declared as banned psychotropic substance under Schedule I of NDPS Rules, 1985. This is one of the biggest seizures of narcotic drugs by the DRI, which is the apex intelligence organization of Indian Customs. It is the prime responsibility of DRI to enforce the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962. The charter of duties of the DRI includes collection, collation, analysis and dissemination of intelligence relating to smuggling.
It is learnt that DRI had received information that huge quantities of Mandrax tablets have been kept hidden at a place at Udaipur in Rajasthan by a Mumbai-based operative Subhash Dudhani, who has produced Bollywood films and owns several properties in Mumbai. The DRI officials brought this premises under their scanner and on 28 October 28 DRI raided the premises of Marudhar Drinks at Bhamasha Industial Area of Kaladwas in Udaipur.
According to CBEC Chairman Najib Shah, about 20 million Mandrax tablets have been seized in the raid at Udaipur and this is the biggest ever seizure by DRI. The mastermind has been arrested and efforts are on to nab more persons linked with this drug syndicate.