On September 15, drugs were seized on a large scale from the Mundra port. The seizure was the result of an intensive investigation by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). Earlier on June 9, a dry run was done at Kutch port. On the night of 14-15 September, the DRI seized around 3000 kg of Afghan heroin mixed with talcum powder from the Mundra port. It was to be sent to a drug network spread across India including New Delhi and Noida.
According to top officials of North Block, drugs were seized on such a large scale at Mundra port with the help of central agencies like DRI, IB, RA&W working on the lead from the dry run of June 9. It had given information about drug runner, mode of payment. The central government can hand over this case to the NIA, exposing the fact that Afghan nationals are involved in the drug network in India.
After the seizure of drugs on such a large scale, Delhi Police has started a new drug-terror-underworld unit in the special cell with the appointment of three new DCPs in the special cell. Working with central agencies, Delhi Police is trying to trace the deadly triad link in the capital city, where Nigerian and Afghan drug runners are active.
According to security agencies, the capture of Afghanistan by the Taliban will lead to a serious drug situation in the Indian subcontinent. Opium cultivation and heroin production here will be the main sources of revenue for the Pakistan-backed Sunni Islamists. An NCB official said, “Currently, opium is cultivated on more than three lakh hectares of land in Afghanistan. We expect a tremendous harvest this year under the leadership of the Taliban. This will fill the global market with narcotics.”
Opioid use is prevalent in India. This is as high as 2.1 percent, compared to the global average of 0.70 percent and the Asian average of 0.46 percent, according to a government study. If we add these percentages to the numbers, the daily requirement of heroin in India is around one metric tonne per day or 360 metric tonnes in a year. Whose value in the international market is about 1,44000 crores. It is clear that this money is used for other organized crime activities and terror.
Over time, India has become a favorite destination for cocaine. Its supply is controlled by powerful drug cartels in South American countries. The NCB has found that Mumbai is the cocaine capital of India. The country is also used as a route for cocaine transmission to other parts of the world.