Drugs worth Rs 40 lakh seized at Chennai airport, one arrested.

Based on intelligence, Chennai Air Customs intercepted two courier parcels suspected to contain narcotics substances which were destined to Australia at Courier Terminal.

On opening the first parcel, 8 Lumbo Sacral belts were found which appeared to be unusually heavy. On cutting the belts, three plastic pouches containing white crystalline powder were found concealed inside each belt. 2 kg of white crystalline powder was recovered from 24 plastic pouches.

The second parcel was found to contain 2 trophies which appeared to be unusually heavy. On opening the wooden base of trophies, a plastic pouch containing 1 kg of white crystalline powder was found concealed inside each
trophies. 2 kg of white crystalline powder was recovered from 2 trophies.

Total 4 kg Pseudoephedrine valued at Rs. 40 lakhs was recovered and seized under the NDPS Act, 1985. The white crystalline powder tested positive for Pseudoephedrine, a controlled substance covered under NDPS Act, 1985.
Pseudoephedrine is a sought-after chemical precursor in the illicit manufacture of Methamphetamine.

Follow up searches were carried out and one person has been arrested. Further investigation is in progress, said Commissioner of Customs, Chennai International Airport.

Only recently, Chennai Air Customs intercepted three post parcels suspected to contain narcotics substances which arrived from United Kingdom and Netherlands at Foreign Post Office Chennai.

The first parcel from Netherton, UK was consigned to a Ooty based person, was taken up for examination. On opening a Kids Jewellery toy box was found in which a pouch containing 15 grey skull shaped MDMA pills “MYBRAND” and 7 grams of MDMA crystal powder was found concealed inside.

On opening second parcel, 50 green grenade & 50 purple skull MDMA
Pills were recovered from two plastic pouches which were found inside. The parcel was addressed to a Nammakal based person and had arrived from Netherlands. 100 MDMA pills with marking ‘Tesla’ were recovered from the third parcel which arrived from Netherlands and was addressed to a Chennai resident.

Total 215 MDMA pills and 7 grams of MDMA crystals valued at Rs. 7 lakhs were recovered and seized under the NDPS Act, 1985.