The drug issue is daily surging in the city of Bengaluru. The Bengaluru Customs has stopped and seized Rs 79 lakh worth of drugs named as 'Ephedrine' from a steel gas stove at the Kempe Gowda International Airport Limited (KIAL). The apprehension was made in the exports division on Thursday late at night. As per the statement released by the Bengaluru Customs, they blocked a consignment of steel gas stove, which was on its way to Australia. "As much as 1,983 grams of Ephedrine were concealed in four legs of the gas stove. We had to cut it open using a metal cutting machine tool," the statement stated.
The statement further suggested that the drug valued was neatly packed in plastic wrappers and placed in a hollow section of the pipes. The pipes were welded from both ends and no one could easily identify or speculate anything from the outer look of the stove. The Customs declared that they got a tip-off from the intelligence wing of the courier section. Meanwhile, the health experts told IANS that though it is forbidden, Ephedrine is often taken in use by sports players, especially weightlifters, college students, fashion industry, and even truck drivers are known to abuse the substance because of the performance-enhancing effect of the drug.
People who are wanting to lose weight, often use and abuse Ephedrine because of its association with weight loss, especially since this is a big hit among the modeling and the film industry world over. This drug is found in a nasal spray, tablets and liquid form. It can be swallowed, snorted, or injected, the source added.