Tuesday, March 12, 2019

DRI busts drone smuggling racket, seizes 85 from Ahmedabad

In a major seizure, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Ahmedabad has busted a smuggling racket of high-end drones and seized 85 drones worth over 1 crore from Ahmedabad. Acting on intelligence that an Ahmedabad-based person was involved in smuggling of drones from China through Myanmar-Manipur border, officials kept a watch at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport.

"We had learnt that the drones were being smuggled from China first to Imphal through Indo-Myanmar border and then from Imphal to Ahmadabad as domestic cargo by Air India flight by misdeclaring them as camera stand, household goods, defective electronic items etc."

Accordingly, officers of DRI went to domestic cargo warehouse of Air India at the city airport on Sunday morning and kept watch over the consignment. When the driver of the person involved reached the airport to collect the consignment, DRI officers followed him and intercepted him and the owner at their shop in Vasna with the consignment. Then DRI officers conducted searches at other shops in Vasna and Paldi crossroads and recovered a total of 85 high-end drones of DJI Mavic, DJI Phantom and MI brands. Besides, 27 DJI Mavic Air Fly More Kit and 34 DJI Ronin S Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer for DSLR and Mirrorless camera, used in film shootings, were also recovered and seized being smuggled items.
The market value of all seized smuggled items was found to be more than Rs 1.25 crores. During interrogation, the owner of the goods admitted in his statement that he has been involved in smuggling of drones for the last few months. Initially smuggled drones would come from Imphal to Ahmedabad in his own name but later, he started doing this in the name of the driver.

12/03/19 DNA
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