Thursday, June 18, 2020

Computer servers containing drugs from US seized by customs at Delhi airport

New Delhi: The customs department on Wednesday seized drugs hidden inside two consignments of computer servers at the Delhi airport. The consignments, containing cannabis worth Rs 30 lakhs, were sent to India from the United States.

According to custom officers, two consignments labelled as parcels containing "256 GB Level 3 Computer Servers", weighing around 14.5 kg each, arrived at New Courier Terminal of Air Cargo Complex in Delhi from the US on Wednesday.

On suspicion, the consignments were passed through an X-ray machine. During the scan, the officers noticed suspected images. "The consignments were then opened for detailed physical examination. Computer servers were noticed inside in a packed condition in both of them. However, when the computer servers were opened further from the back by removing the screws, no circuitry was found inside indicating that they were dummy cases meant for concealment," said Dinesh Meena, Additional Commissioner of Customs (Preventive).

After further scrutiny by the officers, six black packets stuffed inside the cavity of each system were recovered from the two consignments. "On careful removal of the multiple layers of the 12 packets, greenish-brown dried flowers and plants were found concealed in each packet. The found substance was tested with a field narcotics drug test kit (NDTK) and confirmed to be cannabis (marijuana) of foreign origin, weighing around 4.6 kgs, having a market value of around Rs 30 lakhs,” added Dinesh Meena.
India Today TV has learnt that both the consignments were sent from Gardena city in California via a private courier agency. The consignments were sent on behalf of a company whereas receivers in India are individuals based in Ranchi and Ahmedabad.
17/06/20 Munish Chandra Pandey/India Today
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