Chennai customs apprehend “drug gift basket” from Spain: seizure of ecstasy and LSD

Chennai Air Customs officials seized narcotics worth Rs 85.8 lakh hidden in a package delivered from Spain to the foreign post office and arrested two people in connection with the seizure.

The drugs were collected in a parcel that arrived at the Chennai Foreign Post from Spain (Photo: Pramod Madhav)

Authorities in Chennai on Sunday intercepted a massive drug shipment comprising 994 ecstasy tablets, 249 LSD patches and cannabis. Two people were arrested in connection with the seizure valued at around Rs 58.5 lakhs.

The narcotics were collected in a parcel post that arrived at the Chennai Foreign Post from Spain. The package was addressed to a resident of JMJ Motherland, a neighborhood near Auroville in Pondicherry.

On the basis of advice, air customs officials opened a cardboard box containing a greeting card and two silver plastic bags. After opening the sachets, they found pink colored tablets with a skull shape on one side. These were then identified as MDMA tablets.

In total, 994 MDMA or “Pink Punisher” ecstasy tablets worth Rs 50 lakhs were recovered during the seizure.

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A white plastic bag containing “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide” LSD pads was also discovered when the greeting card was opened. It was then that a total of 249 LSD stamps worth Rs 6 lakhs were collected.

Meanwhile, two residents were apprehended at a residence in Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh. Two packages of cannabis (Ganja) weighing 5.5 kg and valued at Rs 2.5 lakh were also seized from them. The two defendants were arrested on Sunday before the Alandur judicial magistrate and placed in pre-trial detention.

Further searches are being carried out by a team of air customs officers from Chennai and Cuddalore in connection with the seizure.

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