Latest drug seizure points to Haldia dock as transit point

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With a huge seizure of ephedrine pseudo, a controlled-substance used as the base material for party drugs in the USA and Canada, it appears that Kolkata has become the transit point for the controlled substance to go out of the country. The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has seized a consignment of 4,000 kg of ephedrine pseudo — 400 kg of raw substance and 3,600 kg of mix — from Patna in Bihar, which was scheduled to leave India through the Haldia port last week.

According to the NCB, the consignment is valued at Rs 3.5 crore. The Haldia-bound truck carrying the illicit substance was coming from Himachal Pradesh and was intercepted near Patna.

"The consignment was supposed to have left the Indian port for South America via Thailand," said a senior NCB official. NCB sources said they are yet to bust the inter-state racket and have arrested two persons — the owner of the truck and the driver. "We are yet to nab the kingpin. It seems that it is not the first time Haldia port was used for sending the consignment," said the NCB official.

Ephedrine pseudo is produced as the substance is used in making anti-cold medicines.

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