Vijayawada focal point of heroin smuggling worth Rs 9,000 crore

Vijayawada: Officials of the Central Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) found a link to heroin smuggling case in Vijayawada. Acting on a tip-off, action was taken by the Central DRI officials at Mundra Port, Gujarat. A huge amount of heroin was found during the inspection. Heroin under the name 'talcum powder' was imported from Hassan Hussain Limited in Kandahar Afghanistan. Heroin was initially estimated to cost Rs 2500 crore. After a thorough inspection, it was determined to be Rs 9,000 crore.

Investigation revealed that this 9,000 crore heroin was imported Vijayawada based Ashi Trading Company from Afghanistan. The police were shocked to learn that Vijayawada was the epicenter of heroin smuggling worth Rs 9,000 crore. Police identified Ashi Trading Company at Gadiyaramvari Street in Vijayawada and detained the company's representatives. Representatives of Ashi Trading Company denied their involvement in the heroin seized by DRI officials in Gujarat.

It is not yet known whether the smugglers are planning to bring supplies from Gujarat to Vijayawada from here to southern states or are planning to take them directly from Gujarat to Chennai via Vijayawada. Representatives of Ashi Trading Company are currently in custody and they are being investigated. Meanwhile, Guntur police had arrested a gang selling synthetic drugs online a few days back. Police sources said until the police and DRI officials do a thorough investigation into the incident, the facts will not come out.

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