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Chennai, Sep 2 (PTI) Various banned drugs were seized by
the police and Customs sleuths in different parts of the city
Some of the contraband were allegedly sent from foreign
While Customs officials recovered Rs 7 lakh worth of
MDMA pills and crystal from the Foreign Post Office at the
airport here, police seized nearly 1,000 kg of gutka, a
banned tobacco product, from a house at Ayapakkam.
"Chennai Air Customs intercepted three parcels
suspected to contain narcotic substances which arrived from
the United Kingdom and the Netherlands at the Foreign Post
Office in Chennai," a Customs press release said.
In separate consignments marked for persons in
Udhagamandalam in Nilgiris and Namakkal, Customs officials
found MDMA pills and MDMA crystal powder in a children''s
jewellery toy box.
MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) or ecstasy as the
drug is known is said to alter mood and perception.
"Totally, 215 MDMA pills and 7 grams of MDMA crystals
valued at Rs 7 lakh were recovered and seized under the
NDPS Act, 1985. Follow-up searches were carried out and
further investigation was in progress," the release added.
Meanwhile, the city police, following a tip-off,
raided a house at Ayapakkam and found 970 kg of banned gutka
A search is on for a person in this connection, police
In another instance, 10 kg of ganja was recovered from a
house at Nungambakkam and six people, including those hailing
from Haryana and Andhra Pradesh, were arrested, police said.
The police did not reveal the value of the seized narcotic.
The police intensified its crackdown on illegal sale of
drugs and recording a number of seizures, including 16.5 kg
ganja from a house recently, leading to the arrest of four
Between August 6 and 31, the police said they had
recovered over 800 kg of ganja in the city.
Action is also being taken on sale of various drugs
such as MDMA, the police said.
Incidentally, a notorious drug-peddler was gunned down
in the city on August 21, when he attempted to flee after
attacking a constable in a police team that was accompanying
him to recover drugs. PTI SA VIJ
Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI
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