Raid part of all-India operation; Four units dismantled and 308 kg of the drug, 2000 kg of raw material seized
PANJIM/New Delhi: The massive seizure of Ketamine from an industry at Pissurlem was part of an all-India raid by several teams of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, code named Operation Vitamin.
According to reports in the national media, DRI busted an international drug syndicate of party drugs and seized about 308 kgs of ketamine, along with 2000 kgs of raw material, enough to manufacture another 250 kgs.
Operation Vitamin, strategised by DRI spanned for more than three days and spread across multiple states including Goa covered 14 residential and industrial premises. It dismantled four illicit ketamine manufacturing facilities/illicit laboratories located in Goa, Vadodara and Raigad.
The report states that the racket was allegedly masterminded by a chemistry topper and UK national who was earlier arrested under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotrophic Substance (NDPS) Act in 2009 and 2012. He continued the racket by manufacturing the contraband at Rasaini in Panvel under the banner of a chemical factory.
A total of 10 persons, including the main organisers and financiers of the manufacturing facilities/laboratories, sellers and buyers in the supply chain have been apprehended/arrested under NDPS Act during these days. The arrested persons include three from Calangute.
Two are from UK and one from Vietnam. These persons were key members of an international syndicate which had close linkages in southeast Asia and Canada.
According to DRI, the drug smuggling syndicate is believed to have supplied ketamine to international drug traffickers in countries like Sri Lanka, Mozambique, United Kingdom, Canada, Malaysia, Nepal, Australia, Vietnam and Kenya.
The drug was smuggled through courier/posts. This syndicate is suspected to have supplied large quantities of ketamine to various international and domestic buyers.
In addition to ketamine, DRI teams also recovered small quantities of other drugs suspected to be cocaine and hashish during the raid.
The payments for the raw material and finished products were taking place through hawala channels. DRI is investigating the role of other entities and individuals connected with this syndicate.