100 kg of anti-anxiety drug seized from two factories.
HYDERABAD: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials on Thursday seized about 100 kg of the anti-anxiety drug alprazolam allegedly being illegally manufactured by a company at its factories in Visakhapatnam and Medak. Five persons have been detained in the case. The haul is said to be worth about Rs 2.52 crore in the market.
The additional director of DRI’s Hyderabad unit, M K Singh, said his staff conducted searches at factories belonging to JN Pharma City in the two districts and found that it was engaged in the illegal manufacture of alprazolam, a generic drug notified under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.
Alprazolam is a drug used to treat anxiety and panic disorders that are sometimes the side-effects of chemotherapy. Long-term use of the drug can be addicting with severe withdrawal symptoms.
“Apart from 100 kg of alprazolam, 330 liters of raw material and 62 kg of in-process material were seized. Five persons have been apprehended," DRI officials said.
In another bust on Thursday, DRI officials detained an outbound passenger who was carrying dirhams equivalent to Rs 50 lakh at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) at Shamshabad.
The man, Haimad, a resident of Hyderabad, was due to board a Dubai-bound Emirates flight when DRI officials subjected him to a check. They found Saudi, Qatar and Omani riyals in his bag.
Haimad has been taken into custody and booked under the Prevention of Money-Laundering Act (PMLA).
"During interrogation, Haimad said the currency was being carried on the behest of unauthorized dealers for delivery in Dubai,” DRI sources disclosed.