The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has recovered 52 kg of cocaine, estimated to be valued at over Rs 500 crore from Mundra Port in Gujarat, as part of its Operation Namkeen
- On the basis of extensive data analysis and field surveillance, intelligence was developed by DRI that certain consignments being imported from Iran were likely to contain narcotic drugs.
- In order to interdict the narcotic drugs, “Op Namkeen” was launched by DRI and a consignment, declared to contain 1,000 bags of common salt having gross weight of 25 MT, which had been imported at Mundra port from Iran, was identified for detailed examination.
- Acting on above intelligence, the said consignment was thoroughly examined and the suspicious substances found were sent for testing at the Directorate of Forensic Sciences, Government of Gujarat.
- The testing confirmed the presence of cocaine in these samples.
- Thus far, 52 kg of Cocaine has been recovered by DRI.
- Examination and seizure proceedings under the provisions of the NDPS Act, 1985 are in progress.
- In the fiscal year 2021-22, during its operations across the country, DRI had seized 321 kg of cocaine, which is valued at over Rs. 3,200 crore in the international illicit market.
About Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI)
- The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) was constituted on 4th December 1957 to function as an apex intelligence agency of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs to counter the menace of smuggling.
- Through the years, DRI has established itself as the premier intelligence agency commanding the trust of international and national agencies with its intelligence inputs on myriad subjects inter alia ranging from FICN, narcotics, gold, arms & ammunition, wildlife, cultural heritage, and commercial fraud.
- Over the years, the organization has sought to reorient itself to new and emerging challenges, such as those relating to black money, money laundering, and narco-terrorism.
- The DRI has also been designated as the lead agency for S-CORD, the national Anti-smuggling coordination center.
- DRI’s ability to effectively detect and affect such seizures acts as a deterrent to those attempting to compromise India’s economic frontiers.
- DRI remains committed to continuing its relentless crackdown against the perpetrators of such crimes.