Narcotics Intelligence Bureau-Criminal Investigation Department (NIB-CID) sleuths have seized 93 kg of methaqualone worth Rs 23.25 crore in Tamil Nadu capital Chennai and arrested two people in this connection. Additional Director General of Police (ADGP-Crime and Enforcement) Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal said here on Sunday that the NIB-CID of Chennai unit had received a tip-off about attempts to sell psychotropic substances in the gray market. He said that based on this information a special operation was launched and the NIB-CID team achieved a major success.
On Saturday, Neelmegam (50), a resident of Tiruvottiyur in North Chennai, was arrested and 25 kg of methaqualone (a white crystal-like substance) was seized, he said. Agarwal said the team also arrested another accused Shamsudeen (33) of Villivakkam area and seized 68 kg of methaqualone from his house.
He said that preliminary investigation conducted with field test kit revealed the recovered substance to be methaqualone. It is a psychotropic substance under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985. The team has seized a total of 93 kg of methaqualone and arrested two accused. The market value of the seized drugs is approximately Rs 23.25 crore and the international price is several times higher.
Aggarwal said that apart from this, 97 kg of white amorphous powder has also been seized. The nature of this powder is being ascertained through laboratory tests. He said that the NNBO-C database has registered the case and investigation has been started to trace those involved in drug trafficking.