The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) with the help of a group of scientists from Defence Research & Development Establishment busted an illegal chemical laboratory in Indore, India and they seized 9 kg’s of a fentanyl (deadly synthetic opioid).
The Laboratory which was run by a local business man and a “US-hating” PhD “scholar chemist” and a Mexican national also has been arrested for this crime.
DP Dash, DG, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) said, “Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and even inhaling its particles can be fatal. This is the first significant seizure of Fentanyl by any law enforcement agency in India. It is a landmark and unique seizure as DRI has been able to thwart first attempts to manufacture this toxic drug in India.”
The discovery of this baffled many scientist in India because manufacturing the Fentanyl drug requires the kind of expertise which is available only to trained scientists and high end research laboratories.
Fentanyl is an opioid together with other medications it is used as pain killer and anaesthesia. It is also made illegally and used as a recreational drug mixed with cocaine, heroin. Just 2 milligrams of Fentanyl is enough to kill a person.
A team of scientists who are dealing with protection against the chemical and biological welfare were called from the DRDE to a defence laboratory of the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) to confirm the seizure of Fentanyl last week.
The value of Narcotic seized is Rs 110 crore in Indian Rupees. Usually Fentanyl is trafficked by drug syndicates to US where it fetches high street price and is sold as pills when mixed some other chemicals.
In 2016, 20000 people have died by overdose of fentanyl in America. “The common street names of Fentanyl pills is China girl, China town, Apache”, said agency source.
In recent days, the Mexican drug cartels have started using India as a base manufacture the lethal drug. They shifted operations from china where crackdown has begun.
Indian authorities are tracking the procurement of precursor chemical (4ANPP) which is used to manufacture the deadly Fentanyl. Till recently it was smuggled from China but it is not known how his has infiltrated into the illegal Indian market. “If 4ANPP is not available, Fentanyl can be manufactured using another precursor chemical NPP but it requires advanced skills,” source said.
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