Amritsar, June 30 In the biggest-ever haul, the Customs Department seized 532 kg of suspected heroin, worth Rs 2,700 crore, smuggled in a truck through the trade route at the Attari border, officials said on Sunday.
The contraband was concealed in salt packets in a truck that crossed over to Indian territory from Pakistan.
The truck arrived at Attari-Wagah integrated checkpost on Saturday carrying the salt consignment that was imported by an Amritsar-based trader.
The consignment of heroin and another 52 kg of suspected mixed narcotics were concealed under hundreds of bags of rock salt in the truck, Customs (Preventive) Commissioner Deepak Kumar Gupta said.
“In a major breakthrough in busting the international organised drug smuggling, the Customs Preventive Commissionerate, Amritsar has seized 532 kg of suspected heroin and 52 kg of suspected mixed narcotics in the import consignment at ICP, Attari,” he said.
This is the biggest-ever achievement in annals of the Indian Customs history, Gupta said.
On Saturday, at about 1330 hours, during examination of the consignment of rock salt, one sack was found to have a white coloured powder substance.
On detailed examination of 600 bags, 15 were suspected to contain narcotic material. On further examination of the 15 bags, they were found to contain heroin of a net weight of 532 kg and mixed narcotics of 52 kg, he said.
“The value of heroin in the international market is approximately Rs 2,700 crore,” he said. The Tur.