STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Amphetamine, ephedrine seized from 'seasoned' African drug trafficker in Bengaluru

“The drugs were sourced from Mumbai for further shipment overseas through courier,” said Director, NCB, BZU Amit Ghawate

Published: 24th December 2021 02:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th December 2021 02:57 PM   |  A+A-

Drugs, Cocaine, Heroin, Drugs Menace

Image used for representational purposes

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Bengaluru Zonal Unit (BZU), has seized 968 grams of amphetamine and 2.889 kgs of ephedrine at Bengaluru from an alleged 'seasoned' African drug trafficker Benjamin Sunday alias Antony.

“The drugs were sourced from Mumbai for further shipment overseas through courier,” said Director, NCB, BZU Amit Ghawate.

Sharing details of the seized contraband consignment, he said, "The drugs were concealed in a cavity specially designed in three wooden tie boxes, each box containing 165 gm of amphetamine. Besides this, the contraband was packed in two back rests containing 237 gm and 236 gm and two metal pulleys containing 1.811 kg and 1.078 kg of ephedrine to avoid detection."

According to the NCB, Benjamin is married to an Indian woman from Chennai. “He has been involved in the smuggling of drugs for a long time. Benjamin is wanted in several cases of Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act by the NCB, Chennai Zonal Unit. These include the seizure of 295 gm of methamphetamine in Chennai in September this year; two seizures of 800 gm and 559 gm of methamphetamine last year in Australia. He is also wanted in a case of seizure of 113 gm of cocaine in Chennai in September 2018,” said Ghawate.

He added that with his arrest and seizure of the contraband drugs, NCB, BZU, has "neutralised one of the major African drug syndicates which was operating in the southern states."

Amphetamine is a synthetic stimulant-type medication. It stimulates or excites the central nervous system, which results in a feeling of higher energy, focus, confidence, and, to a degree, euphoria. Ephedrine is used for treatment of asthma and bronchitis. It is, however, used illegally to make party drug crystal meth. Both drugs are psychotropic substances monitored under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp