Chennai: Chennai Airlines customs officers confiscated drugs worth 5.6 million rupees in a package arriving at the city’s airport from Spain on Sunday (July 18).
The officials said they checked the package, which contained a cardboard box with a greeting card and two suspicious plastic bags. They found 994 pink pills called ecstasy “pink punishers” or MDMA worth 5 million rupees.
They also found a greeting card with a plastic bag bearing 249 LSD “lysergic acid diethylamide” stamps, valued at 600,000 rupees.
After searching for the address of the recipient of the package, they captured two people.
“Customs groups from Chennai and Cuddalore conduct searches at the parcel recipient’s address at JMJ Motherland, near Auroville in Pondicherry. Two people residing there were detained and searches at their premises found 5.5 kg Ganja (cannabis) that was worth Rs 2.5lakhs. It was learnt that the Ganja had been procured from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh,” the custom authority said in a statement.
“Rubakmanikandan, 29, of Tirunelveli, an independant muralist and Loy Viegus,28, who works in a chicken farm were captured for their role in smuggling,” it added.
Rajan Chaudhary, Chennai Airlines Chief of Customs, revealed to Zee Media that this was a key development, as over 1,200 pills worth Rs 5.6 million were seized upon entry. He added that in addition to the drugs that arrived through postal packages (from Spain), drugs were also seized from the offender’s residence.