In possibly the biggest ever seizure of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances in India, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized 23.5 tonnes of worth Rs. 3000 crores the banned Mandrax tablets from the pharmaceutical company in Udaipur and also arrested Bollywood producer Subash Dudhani in this connection.
On October 28, DRI officials raided the premises of Udaipur-based Marudhar Drinks and detected a room filled with cartons of banned Mandrax tablets.
“The total number of tablets are estimated to be about 2 crore in numbers with a weight of about 23.5 metric tonnes. The international market value of seized tablets is estimated to be over Rs. 3,000 crore,” CBEC chairperson Najib Shah said.
“This is one of the largest seizures of methaqualone tablets (Mandrax) not only in India but also in the world. The mastermind of the syndicate has been arrested by DRI and follow-up operation is underway to nab others involved with the drug syndicate,” the DRI official said.
The DRI official said, “Methaqualone is a depressant, overdose of which can lead to coma and death. It is used as a recreational drug in Africa and Asia. It is commonly known as mandrax, M-pills, buttons or smarties and is usually smoked mixed with cannabis and even swallowed”.
Shah said Bollywood film producer Subash Dudhani was also arrested in the case. He also said that Dudhani has businesses and properties in Mumbai.
The factory belongs to Ravi Dudhani, who is the nephew of Subash Dudhani. The drug manufactured in the Udaipur factory was supplied in the international market through a large network of agents involved in the racket.
The BSF has arrested Subash Dudhani from Mumbai airport on Tuesday morning and brought him to Udaipur where he has been detained in the BSF cantonment at Kavita village, 10 kilometres from Udaipur city.
Subhash is the kingpin of an extensive drug network which diverted precursor chemicals for medicinal purposes to illegal factories manufacturing synthetic drugs and supplying them to the international market.
Mandrax tablets, aka M-Pills, are pills which are usually smoked with cannabis in Africa and Asia.
“The consignment was manufactured in Rajasthan and consigned for Mozambique or South Africa,” Shah said.
In last five years, DRI has seized more than 540 kg of heroin and 7,400 kg of ephedrine along with other Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances under NDPS Act, 1985.