28 February 2020
Bhubaneswar: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) sleuths busted a ganja smuggling racket and seized contraband concealed under banana stalks in a truck. The investigating officials seized ganja weighing around 1638 kgs worth Rs 2.45 crore, said a press note from DRI, Visakhapatnam.
According to DRI officials, based on credible information, a truck loaded with banana stalk was intercepted at NAD Junction, Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.
The officials on thoroughly searching the vehicle found 40 bags concealed underneath the banana stalks. On opening the bags, DRI officials found a total of 800 brown packets containing 1638 kgs of cannabis.
Inquiries revealed that the drugs were loaded near Narsipatnam and handed over to the driver near Anakapalle on Wednesday. The contraband was procured from Vishaka agency area and was destined to Bhubaneswar.
The ganja along with the two vehicles carrying it has been seized. Four people involved in the transport have been detained. Further investigation is underway, said DRI officials.