105 MDMA tablets worth Rs 5.25 lakh from Dutch, France seized at Chennai airport

Chennai: A total of 105 Methylene dioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) tablets valued at Rs 5.25 lakhs were seized from postal pacels that arrived from the Netherlands and France the Airport Foreign Post Office in Chennai on Wednesday.

A release from the Office of the Commissioner of Customs said based on information, Air Customs officials seized two postal parcels containing MDMA tablets.

The first parcel arrived from The Netherlands and was addressed to a Guntur (AP) based person. On opening, a greeting card ‘HOERA! JIJ BENT JARIG’ written in Dutch meaning ‘HURRAY! IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY’ was found inside.

Inside the card one opaque silver plastic pouch containing a ziplock packet was found in which 50 blue colour tablets marked as ‘Jurassis’, suspected to be MDMA, and valued at Rs.2.5 lakh were found inside.

The second parcel, which came from France, was addressed to a Nagercoil based person. On opening, a ziplock packet containing 55 skull shaped pink colour MDMA tablets of ‘MB MYBRAND’ valued at Rs 2.75 lakhs were found inside.

In all, 105 MDMA tablets worth Rs.5.25 lakhs were recovered and seized under the NDPS Act, 1985. Further investigation is in progress.

Only recently, in a major win for the Customs officials, two African women were apprehended and 9.87 kg of heroin worth Rs 70 crore was seized from their possession at Chennai International airport.

Customs officials had reported a similar case of heroin seizure from two Tanzanian nationals on 7 May, based on an input by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). Incidentally, they had also come to India under the pretext of medical treatment.

In that case, 15.6 kg of heroin worth 100 crore was seized. A woman and a man, who had arrived in Chennai by a Qatar Airways flight (QR 528) from Johannesburg via Doha, were arrested. They were also carrying drugs in false bottoms of their stroller bags. Similarly, it was also sprinkled with spicy powder to camouflage the smell.


NT Bureau