The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Monday seized 231 kg of the banned narcotic drug amphetamine, worth about Rs 45 crore, from Hyderabad and Bengaluru and arrested three persons including a research scientist and his wife.
A joint team of NCB Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai officials conducted the operation, reported Deccan Chronicle.
Venkat Rama Rao, a research scientist working in a reputed private chemical firm of Bengaluru, had come to Hyderabad to collect the contraband from Ravi Shankar Rao, NCB said.
After Venkat and Ravi Shankar were arrested, 30 grams of amphetamine and Rs 1.23 crore in cash were seized from a house rented by Venkat near Electronic City in Bengaluru, and his wife was also arrested.
NCB first seized 221 kg of amphetamine from two persons at Miyapur area on 30 September.
Further, 10 kg of amphetamine was seized from a manufacturing lab in Bollaurm area on 1 October.
Amphetamine, a psychotropic substance which works as a powerful stimulant, is banned in India under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, reported The Times of India.
More members of this network were under the scanner.
“They were part of a gang that was illegally manufacturing amphetamine at a lab called Trident Lab near Miyapur. We have raided the premises and will be making more arrests in the coming days," an official involved in the operation told Bangalore Mirror.
With inputs from PTI.