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Drugs worth Rs one crore seized at Kochi airport

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Narcotic drugs worth Rs one crore in the 'international market' have been seized by Control Bureau officials at Cochin International Airport.

The NCB officials, acting on a tip off, seized 18 kg of Ephedrine and 600 grams of N-Acetylanthranilic acid from the air cargo terminal at Cochin International airport last night.


The seized drugs were concealed in big tea kettles and were to be sent to Malaysia, the Bureau's Zonal Director, Zone, Bruno A, said in an official release today.

Ephedrine, a chemical substance, comes under controlled substances of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and its export without license attracts 10 years of Rigorous Imprisonment, he said.

It is most important precursor to manufacture methamphetamine, a stimulant party drug, he said.

Since there was huge demand for Ephedrine in to manufacture methamphetamine, there has been an increase in smuggling of the drug from South

As there has been "intense" screening in and Bengaluru airports, the smugglers had preferred smaller airports like Kochi to smuggle the "contraband", Bruno said.

The drugs seized were estimated at Rs one crore in the 'international market' and further investigation was on, he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, October 13 2017. 19:02 IST
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