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100 kg of banned ketmanine drug seized in Goa

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The of has seized 100 kg of the banned party drug

ketamine being manufactured illegally at a factory in Goa, a said today.

The seized drug is estimated to be valued around Rs 5 crore, he said, adding factory officials were being questioned.

officials conducted a raid at the factory in Pissurlem Industrial Estate, located 60 km from Panaji in Sattari taluka of district, on Monday night which continued in the early hours yesterday and seized the drug, the police offical who accompanied the raiding party, told

"The factory, originally having licence to manufacture steel products, was producing ketamine illegally. During the raid, 100 kg of ketamine was found illegally being manufactured in the premises. The factory owner was questioned by sleuths," he said.

Further details of the raid were not yet known.

Confirming the action, state Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) officiating said, "We had no role to play in the raid as we were not informed about it. Officials of the of Revenue Intelligence conducted the search."

Desai said usually such require permission from the FDA.

"But this was an unlicensed premises. Since they were not licensed with us, we never conducted any inspection of it," she said.

Ketamine is an anaesthetic agent that it often misused as a recreational party drug.

Classified as a psychotropic substance under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, it is used to induce loss of consciousness.

It is used by some people to have a 'hallucinogenic high' in place of other narcotics, hence the has been keeping a strict watch on its sale in the coastal belt.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 11:55 IST