Customs seize marijuana worth Rs 23 lakh in the city

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 11 July 2019

Vaishali Patange said, “Based on information regarding trafficking of narcotics drugs near Patil Estate, Shivajinagar, we intercepted a car.”

PUNE: The Narcotics Cell of Pune Customs seized  159 kg marijuana worth Rs 23.32 lakh in two different cases on July 3. 

Joint Commissioner of Customs Vaishali Patange said, “Based on information regarding trafficking of narcotics drugs near Patil Estate, Shivajinagar, we intercepted a car.” She said 108 kg marijuana packed in four gunny bags was recovered from the car. Driver Arun Shivaji Bhosale from Solapur has admitted the crime of procurement and transportation of drugs for sale in Pune.

“In second case, officers kept surveillance near the Aundh Chest Hospital and intercepted a car, from which 51 kg marijuana packed in two white plastic gunny bags was recovered,” she said. Driver Shivdas Baban Pawar from Osmanabad admitted the crime.

The contraband drugs in two cases was valued at Rs 23.32 lakh, along with two vehicles valued at Rs 13 lakh (total Rs 36.32 lakh) have all been seized for contravention of the provisions of NDPS Act, 1985. 

An investigation regarding the supplier and the receiver of the seized ganja in the aforesaid cases is being probed.

CIGARETTES ALSO SEIZED
In another case, officials seized five boxes containing 300 cartons packed with 72,000 sticks of contraband foreign make cigarettes of Gudang Garam brand valued at Rs 14.40 lakh from the premises of a travel company in Camp.  This consignment was sent from Ahmedabad to a customer in Pune through bus.

Officers of Customs (Preventive) recently intercepted six parcels at Pune Railway Station containing contraband of foreign make cigarettes smuggled from Myanmar and Nepal via Kolkata valued at Rs 48 lakh. Patange said foreign brands are preferred by retailers because of high profit margin. 

Investigation is being carried out by Supdt. GN Damle, Inspector Tunjad Shaikh, under supervision of Dy Commissioner (Prev) Mahesh Patil, and Vaishali Patange, Joint Commissioner (Prev) of Customs, Pune.

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