The said drug was found packed in two bags, which were concealed in the boot of the car, which was on its way from Gujarat to Hyderabad.

DRI seizes Alprazolam drug worth Rs 24 cr in Telangana two heldImage for representation
news Crime Friday, January 04, 2019 - 09:50

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in Hyderabad nabbed two persons involved in the illegal transport of contraband narcotic drug, Alprazolam on Tuesday. The two accused have been booked for transporting 40 kilograms of the drug estimated to cost over Rs 2.4 crore in the grey market from Gujarat to Hyderabad.

Based on specific intelligence, the officers of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence intercepted a white colour Volkswagen Polo car on the Kamareddy bye-pass road of the Nagpur-Hyderabad Highway. Upon searching the vehicle, the officers found and recovered 40 kg of Alprazolam, a Psychotropic Substance.

The said drug was found packed in two blue coloured bags, which were concealed in the boot of the car. The car carrying the contraband was coming from Gujarat and destined to Hyderabad. The car has been seized and the two persons involved in the transport have been arrested.

Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine substance which is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It is often prescribed to treat symptoms of physical tension, heart palpitation, restlessness, fear and panic. The drug is said to produce feelings of peace and tranquility, improved sleep, relaxation of the body and mind.

The drugs have been seized under the provisions of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985. The officers in their press release said that further investigation is underway and more details will be revealed soon.

This is the second interception by the DRI in this week. On December 27, 2018, the DRI arrested a man at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) for smuggling over 2 kg of gold worth Rs 66 lakh in a microwave oven he was carrying from Dubai.

The accused who landed in Hyderabad from Dubai in an Oman Airlines Flight was heading home in a cab when the DRI team intercepted the vehicle on the airport main road at Shamshabad with the help of the local police.


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