India seizes $2.7 bln Afghan heroin haul amid Kabul takeover chaos
Indian officials said on Tuesday they had seized nearly three tonnes of heroin originating from Afghanistan worth an estimated 200 billion rupees ($2.72 billion) amid the chaos following last month's takeover of the country by the Taliban.
illicit opiate supplier, but since taking power, the Islamist Taliban have said they plan to ban the drug trade, without giving details on how.Two people had been arrested in connection with the haul and investigations were ongoing, an official in Gujarat said, declining to be named as he was not authorised to speak publicly.
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), India's top anti-smuggling agency, seized two containers at western Gujarat's Mundra Port on Sept. 15 after receiving intelligence they contained narcotics, the official said.The containers had been imported by a firm in the southern coastal city of Vijayawada, the official added.
"Investigation conducted so far has also revealed the involvement of Afghan nationals, who are under investigation."DRI officials declined to comment.The narcotics were headed to Delhi and the two arrested people had sought an import-export licence based on a house address in Vijayawada, police in Vijayawada said in a statement on Monday. headtopics.com
The containers had been declared as containing semi-processed talc stones from Afghanistan and had been shipped from Bandar Abbas Port in Iran to Gujarat Mundra port, the Gujarat official said, adding that forensic tests confirmed the presence of heroin.
More than 2,988 kg of heroin was recovered in one of India's biggest such hauls to date.Reporting by Sumit Khanna and Zeba Siddiqui; Editing by Nick MacfieOur Standards:More from ReutersSign up for our newsletterSubscribe for our daily curated newsletter to receive the latest exclusive Reuters coverage delivered to your inbox.Read more: Reuters Top News »
Hear Sounds From Mars Captured by NASA’s Perseverance Rover
Two microphones aboard the six-wheeled spacecraft add a new dimension to the way scientists and engineers explore the Red Planet.
After Escape From Kabul, an Afghan Family Starts a Long Climb in AmericaTorn between a life left behind in Afghanistan and the challenge of starting from scratch in the U.S., an Afghan father of six struggles through a wobbly start in Rochester, N.Y. Good luck! It'll be worth it! Joe Biden’s handling of our troop withdrawal from Afghanistan was poorly planned and executed because it was based on a calendar on the wall and not conditions on the ground. He was too eager to prove that he can did better than DJT, but it turned out to be counterproductive
Hungary PM launches election campaign with $2 bln tax refund for familiesHungary's government will refund $2 billion of income tax to families in early 2022 and also plans a big hike in the minimum wage, right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban told the opening session of parliament on Monday, setting the stage for next year's election. Paid for by the EU, time for the NewEU🤔 I read that as “Hungry PM Lunches” and was confused...
Lufthansa approves $2.5B capital increase to pay back part of state bailoutThe airline will use the net proceeds to repay a chunk of the $10.5 billion government bailout it received last year to stay afloat throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Progressive groups launch $2 million pressure campaign against Republicans to support Joe Biden's agendaProgressive groups are launching a $2 million pressure campaign against Republican lawmakers to show that a majority of voters support Joe Biden's agenda. I can't tell if you're trying to be ironic. Minimum tax is necessary no one should ride for free.
Steven Mnuchin Raises $2.5B For New Fund, Investments Will Include “New Forms of Content”The former Trump Treasury Secretary's Liberty Strategic Capital will also invest in technology, fintech, and financial services firms. how you do all this while holding public office Blood money Maybe we can get some o that?
Afghan Valley Legendary for Resisting Soviets, Taliban Empties OutAfghanistan's Panjshir valley was known for holding out during the Soviet occupation in the 1980s and the Taliban rule in the 1990s. But after the fall of Kabul, it couldn’t withstand the Islamist movement’s assault. Entirely different strategic circumstances. No, they did exactly what other Ethnic groups did. They didn't fall in American trap. this is terrible news