DRI seizes recreational drug mephedrone worth Rs 30 crore from Delhi

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New Delhi, February 22, 2015

Sleuths of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) have, in a major operation, seized 500 kg of contraband pshychotropic substace of the amphetamine class, suspected to be mephedrone, late in the night on February 20 from Delhi.
An official press release said this was one of the biggest seizures of psychotropic substances in recent times in India and the biggest catch of mephedrone, a stimulant, which gets its street name Meow Meow from its chemical name 4-methylmethcathinone (4-MMC) or 4-methylephedrone.
The seized consignment was believed to be heading towards the West where its value is estimated at more than $5 mllion (approximately Rs. 30 crore). 
The contraband is suspected to have been loaded at Kurutuwadi in Solapur district of Maharashtra.
According to the release, acting on specific intelligence inputs, a truck coming from Kurutuwadi was intercepted after a hot chase after it reached Delhi.
The truck was stated to be carrying a consignment of papayas, but detailed search resulted in the recovery of 13 sacks containing 500 kgs of mephedrone along with the cover cargo of fruits. The contraband was kept along with papaya and was concealed under the tarpaulin used for covering the truck. 
Two persons including the driver of the truck and a person who accompanied the truck after it reached Delhi have been arrested and produced before the Saket Court, New Delhi which has remanded both the accused to judicial custody. The factory, where the seized drug was manufactured, has also been located in Solapur. Further investigations are in progress, it said.
In view of its abuse, mephedrone was included under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act on 5th February 2015 after a prolonged campaign by various enforcement agencies and state governments. This is the first case in the country after its inclusion in the schedule to NDPS Act. Commercial quantity for this drug is fixed at 50 gm. 
The contraband is extremely popular in the West and increasingly becoming a major drug of abuse in India. Extremely addictive with several debilitating side effects , its popularity in India is due to the fact that it was not considered a psychotropic substance and available easily, the release added.

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