The heroin is suspected of being sourced from Afghanistan and destined for Australia and other Western countries via Mozambique, Johannesburg, Doha, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and New Delhi. In the three cases booked in Hyderabad, mules from African countries traveled from Johannesburg.
“High-quality heroin, a trademark of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, is being smuggled into Mozambique. From there, it goes to Johannesburg, Doha and then to cities in India, and also goes to Australia and other countries. They (the smugglers) avoid South Africans and use other African citizens to avoid agencies in Johannesburg. While the Taliban are the source, the operation is carried out by the African drug cartels. What gets caught in airports could be the tip of the iceberg. Seaports are the real concern, ”a senior DRI official told TOI.
The official further added: “Drug traffickers are using tortuous routes to reach Australia, the United States and Europe from Afghanistan. The drug shipment reaches the southwest coast of Pakistan from Afghanistan and is carried in small boats to the coast of Mozambique. It is also not possible to detect the movement of these boats using satellite images. From Mozambique he finally reaches Johannesburg by road. ”
On July 19, a Zambian was arrested in the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport with 3.2 kg of heroin worth 21 million rupees. On June 21, DRI seized 3 kg of heroin worth Rs 19.5 million from a Tanzanian passenger arriving from Johannesburg via Doha. On 6 June, 12 kg of heroin worth 78 million rupees were seized at the airport from two Ugandan female passengers and Zambia, who were also traveling from Johannesburg via Doha.