Customs destroy seized narcotics worth Rs 29 lakh

Officials of Pune Customs Commissionerate Wednesday destroyed narcotics substances including 1,349 kg ganja and 4 kg charas worth Rs 29 lakh at the furnace of Bharat Forge company in Mundhwa.

The substances were seized in 11 cases in 2009 and 2010, in which 27 persons were arrested by the Customs department. The seized narcotics were destroyed following orders from the sessions court in Pune.

A narcotics drugs disposal panel was constituted by the Commissioner of Customs, Pune for undertaking the above mentioned narcotics drugs. Panel headed by Additional Commissioner of Customs (preventive) Gopi Nath and comprised 3 members including deputy commissioners Badari Prasad M V and Govind Chavan and assistant commissioner K S Pandit.

A press release issued by Vasa Seshagiri Rao, Commissioner of Customs, Pune said Narcotics Cell of the Customs Preventive Unit detected five cases in 2011 in which 259 kg ganja and 2 kg charas worth Rs 13.4 lakh were seized.

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