Ephedrine is used in the manufacture of Methamphetamine — a party drug, more commonly known as ice, crystal meth, speed etc.
New Delhi: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) busted a clandestine factory in Yamunanagar of Haryana which was involved in the illicit manufacture of Ephedrine, a controlled substance listed under Schedule A of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Regulation of Controlled Substances) Order, 2013.
Ephedrine is used in the manufacture of Methamphetamine — a party drug, more commonly known as ice, crystal meth, speed etc. The operation led to seizure of 661 kg of Ephedrine and 5,200 kg of raw materials valued at Rs 133 crore in the international illicit market.
In a statement, DRI said, “Equipment like centrifuges and glass line reactors, which were being used to manufacture the chemical drugs were also recovered. Two persons, including one of the financiers, have been arrested in this case and further investigations are underway.”
Busting of a factory manufacturing illicit drugs deals a body-blow to the drug syndicates engaged in manufacturing, sale and distribution of such drugs, which have the potential to harm India’s youth, the DRI said.
In another case, DRI officers intercepted a person at Bengaluru Railway Station and seized 16 kg heroin worth Rs 112 crore in the international illicit market. The drug was concealed in the false cavity of a trolley bag. “This person had arrived in Bengaluru by the morning flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and was on his way to New Delhi, when he was intercepted,” a DRI spokesperson said.
In the financial year 2021-22, through its operations conducted across the length and breadth of India, DRI seized 3,463 kg of heroin, 208 kg of pseudoephedrine and 321 kg of cocaine, together valued at almost Rs 19,800 crore in the international illicit market.