Pune: Ganja, Charas worth Rs 1.79 crores seized by Customs department

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Sushant Ranjan

Pune, June 25, 2020: The officials from Pune Customs intercepted have nabbed four persons and claimed to have seized 868 Kgs of Ganja valued approximately at Rs. 1.04 Crores and Charas weighing 7.500 Kgs. valued at Rs. 0.75 Crores. The accused were transporting the narcotics drugs in two trucks. The vehicles have been also seized.

Vaishali Patange, Joint Commissioner, Pune Customs, said, “On the basis of a specific input regarding trafficking of narcotic drugs loaded on trucks from some remote locations of Andhra Pradesh and destined for various places in Maharashtra, officers of the Narcotics Cell, Customs, Pune kept vigil and surveillance on the Naldurg- Solapur Road, near Boramani Village in Solapur, on June 24 from 4.30 pm onwards.
On spotting the trucks at Boramani-Naldurg Road, the team of Customs officers followed the vehicles and finally intercepted the same in Pune. Upon rigorous search of the said vehicles it was noticed that, Ganja had been concealed in the cavity created on the roof of the vehicles resulting in the detection of 868 KGs of Ganja approximately valued at Rs.1.04 Crores. The officers also recovered 7.5 KGs of Charas, another kind of narcotic drug from one of the two vehicles, valued at Rs 0.75 Crores, in the illicit drug market. Four persons (one driver and one helper in each vehicle) were detained, all aged around 30 to 35 years and hailing from Maharashtra. Total seizure value case is Rs 2.10 crores approximately. Further investigations are under progress.”

Customs Commissionerate, Pune was created in July 1997 consequent to the trifurcation of the Commissionerate of Central Excise and Customs, Pune. The Commissionerate which was under the jurisdiction of Customs Mumbai-III Zone earlier has since come under the jurisdiction of Central Excise & Customs Pune Zone with effect from 26th July 2007. The jurisdiction of the Commissionerate extends to 7 Revenue districts in the State of Maharashtra viz. Pune, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Solapur.

There are four Inland Container Depots in this Commissionerate– three at Pune and one at Miraj (Sangli) which basically cater to the needs of manufacturers located in or around Pune. A few minor ports at Ratnagiri, Dabhol, Jaigad, Vijaydurg also handle imports/exports. The Pune Airport has since been declared as a Customs airport in January 1997 for the export of specified goods. With effect from 12th December 2005, Pune Airport has been notified as an International Airport for the clearance of passengers and baggage.

The important functions carried out in the Commissionerate are (i) Anti Smuggling and Preventive work including of anti-narcotic functions – collection of intelligence, Joint Sea Patrolling, Night Road Patrolling, Patrolling of Coast / Creeks through departmental boats/vessels, Rummaging of cargo vessels. (ii) Assessment of Bills of Entry and Shipping Bills and related work at CFS Pimpri, ICD Dighi, ICD Miraj (Sangli), ICD Pimpri-Chinchwad and coastal customs divisions at Ratnagiri and Dapoli (iii) enforcement of NDPS Act, 1985 (v) Marine wing operations at Ratnagiri and (v) manning of the telecommunications network in the entire Konkan area both in the inland region as also along the coastline starting from Bankot in the north to Kiranpani in the south.

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