Customs dept seize 154 kg ganja worth Rs 7.5 lakhs

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Pune – The officers of Pune customs on August 13 at Lonikand-Alandi phata, Lonikand, intercepted one Maruti Swift Dzire vehicle and seized 154.88 kg ganja worth Rs 7.5 lakhs.

The driver of the vehicle Suresh Banoth of Telangana and owner of the seized ganja was driving the vehicle. Ganja were cleverly concealed inside the vehicle boot (dikki) and rear seat of vehicle and was packed in plastic bags.

The vehicle was coming from khambam, Telangana and going for destination Panwel, Mumbai. Early morning, the customs officials intercepted the vehicle and the driver at Lonikand.

The ganja was recovered from the vehicle and seized under the the provisions of the NDPS Act, as possesing, carrying,transporting narcotics and psychotropic substance is an offence under the NDPS Act.

In the statement recorded under the NDPS Act, Banoth has admitted possession, carriage, concealment and recovery of the ganja.

This is the fourth case of ganja detected by the Pune customs in last two months and 430 kg ganja valued at Rs 21.50 lakhs ( approx) has been seized and five persons arrested .

Further investigation is under progress.