MDMA pills found in branded Mexican blankets, police expand investigation – The New Indian Express


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KOCHI: What does Mexico have to do with an MDMA drug case in Kerala? A police team has launched a detailed investigation into a recent drug seizure in Nedumbassery after discovering MDMA pills were packaged in blue poly bags with “Mexico” imprinted on them.

The investigation also found that a Bengaluru-based drug trafficking racket was coordinating with a local group to push drugs into the state. Police suspect the drug consignment was smuggled into the country from Mexico, with traffickers presenting it as a Mexican branded product among users.

On November 21, a police team caught a gang of five driving around the Kariyad intersection. Police said the gang had 158 grams of MDMA in crystal form and 4.6 grams in pill form. Police discovered the involvement of the Bengaluru racketeering because one of the arrested, Moses Natarajan, 24, was from Banasawadi in the capital of Karnataka.

“The drugs were found wrapped in polyethylene sleeves printed with Mexico. A detailed investigation is underway in connection with the seizure, ”circle inspector PM Baiju said. Police also seized an electronic scale and two iPhones from the accused. “The electronic scale is used to weigh contraband on the spot whenever a deal is made,” said an officer.

The other accused are Asif Anas, 22, from Kadungalloor, Jessil Abdul Jaleel, 24, and Saffar Ashraf, 24, from Perumbavoor, and Hashim Saithumuhammad, 22, from Aluva. Police suspect that the Mexican-branded contraband was imported either by shipment from ports in other Asian countries or by local fishing boats operating along the west coast.

“Vessels carrying drug cargoes transfer them to fishing boats on the high seas. These ships smuggle drugs through coastal areas,” said an officer from the Tax Intelligence Directorate. The agency was also part of an international anti-drug campaign called “Operation Ice Break” in 2020 that ended the trafficking of methamphetamine and related precursor chemicals from Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Mexico. , added the officer.

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