DIRECTORATE OF REVENUE INTELLIGENCE Seizure of 1878 Kg of Ganja by DRI Pune Regional Unit
The officers of DRI , Pune Regional Unit , Pune have intercepted two vehicles viz . one Eicher Truck Bearing Registration No. TS – 07 – UA 7962 and one Maruti Ciaz car bearing a temporary registration no . TS09 EP T / R 90 , on the Solapur – Pune Highway on 15.07.2021 . During detailed examination of the above truck at Central GST Office , 41 / A Sassoon Road , Pune , it was found that below the cargo of loose pieces of pineapple and jackfruit , HDPE bags containing Ganja ( also known as Cannabis or Marijuana ) were concealed . A detailed examination of the truck resulted into the recovery of 40 HDPE bags containing small rectangular packets having Ganja . The Maruti Ciaz car was used for escorting the Ganja laden truck ,
2 . A total of 1,878 Kgs of Ganja was recovered from the 40 HDPE bags and seized under the provisions of the NDPS Act , 1985. It is estimated that the value of this contraband consignment of Ganja would be over Rs . 3.75 Crores in the illicit market .
3 . The statements of total 6 persons viz . 2 persons who were occupants of the said truck and 4 persons who were occupants of Maruti Ciaz Car , were recorded wherein they admitted that they were assisting in illegal trafficking of Ganja from Andhra Pradesh . The ganja was destined to a place in Pune . All the 6 persons viz . Vilas Pawar , Abhishek Ghawte , Vinod Rathod , Raju Gondhwe , Shriniwas Pawar and Dharamaraj Shinde , who are residents of Maharashtra and Telangana , were arrested under the provisions of the NDPS Act , 1985. Further investigation in this case is in progress .
4. Directorate of Revenue Intelligence is a premier agency which combats import export frauds , besides doing anti – smuggling and anti – narcotics work . The general public may share any information pertaining to the offences under the NDPS Act or the Customs Act , including about the smuggling of goods like Gold , cigarettes , etc. , and may contact DRI , Pune office at 020-29705899 .
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