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India seizes narcotics worth $390M smuggled from Pakistan

India seizes narcotics worth $390M smuggled from Pakistan

AMRITSAR, India: Customs officials in a northern Indian state say they have seized narcotics worth $390 million that were smuggled from neighboring Pakistan.
Top customs official Dipak Kumar Gupta says 586 kilograms (1,290 pounds) of narcotics, mostly heroin, were hidden in 15 bags among 600 sacks of rock salt imported from Pakistan and were seized Saturday in Punjab state.
Gupta said Monday that two men including the importer of the salt have been detained and are being questioned.
Another customs official, Bopal Singh, said it was the biggest seizure of narcotics in India by any government agency.
Officials are calling it a major success in their fight against drugs in the state, where addiction rates are high. Smuggling of drugs and goods is common along Punjab’s 553-kilometer (345-mile) border with Pakistan.