Nearly three tonnes of heroin with a market value of $ 2.7 billion (£ 2 billion) from Afghanistan were seized from a west Indian port in a collapse major, officials said.
Two Indians were arrested after the heroin, which was kept in two containers marked as containing talc, was found by the Tax Intelligence Directorate (DRI) at the port of Mundra in the western state of Gujarat, said government agency.
The shipment – with one container carrying nearly 2,000 kg of heroin and another containing nearly 1,000 kg – came from Afghanistan and was shipped from an Iranian port in Gujarat, DRI said.
“Research was carried out in Ahmedabad, Delhi, Chennai, Gandhidham and Mandvi in Gujarat,” the agency said in a statement.
He added that the shipment was estimated at 200 billion rupees ($ 2.7 billion).
The investigation also reportedly revealed the involvement of Afghan nationals, DRI said, although no one else has been arrested so far.
Afghanistan is the world’s largest producer of heroin, supplying between 80% and 90% of global production.
Heroin production has exploded in Afghanistan in recent years, helping to fund the Taliban who returned to power in August.
The efforts of the United States and the international community to control the country’s heroin trade for many years have been largely unsuccessful.
At the same time, the Taliban’s return to power has worsened the country’s already dire economic situation.
The economy was heavily dependent on international donors who had a stake in the previous government. Foreign aid and development aid accounted for over 42% of Afghanistan’s GDP last year and financed three quarters of public spending.
But many of these donors are reluctant to offer their support to the Taliban, making the economic outlook even more uncertain.
With Agence France Presse