Perseverance is definitely a very good attribute in people but when they begin applying it for criminal activities, then it cannot be considered that wonderful an attribute! Despite the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus Pandemic raging across the world, smugglers don't seem to let it affect their work! A latest report states that Customs Air Intelligence Unit officials from Chennai, have seized drugs worth Rs. 40 lakhs from an inspection, following a tip-off! The officials have reportedly seized Pseudoephedrine powder weighing 4 Kgs, worth approximately 54,000 USD or Rs. 40 Lakhs INR, from suspicious courier parcels, which were bound for Australia!

Following an anonymous tip-off, Customs officials inspected two unusually heavy parcels. The first parcel contained Lumbo-Sacral orthotic belts, which are normally used for back pain and other similar ailments. This parcel containing these belts, also had three sachets which further had 24 smaller packets of white crystalline powder, which weighed about 2 Kgs in total. The second parcel contained a couple of trophies but when their woodden base was opened, the officials found 1 Kg of a similar white crystalline powder in each of the trophies. This amounted to a further 2 Kgs, which totalled to 4 Kgs of Pseudoephedrine powder, which is a banned susbtance. This haul was seized under the NDPS Act, 1985! 

Pseudoephedrine is used for obtaining temporary relief from nasal congestion and also for sinus or breathing issues in general, caused by common cold or flu. This drug works by narrowing the blood vessels to decrease congestion and swelling. Higher doses of Pseudoephedrine are sometimes used by people to remain alert and avoid drowsiness. The highly addictive and completely banned Methamphetamine (more commonly known as Meth), uses Pseudoephedrine as a base ingredient. A report from the Customs Commissioner said that there was a similar seizure of the same drug in February this year and that they had been remaining vigilant. He also mentioned that smugglers are coming up with innovative ways to transport contraband and that it was also becoming increasingly difficult to track and stop them! Upon this seizure, officials investigated and arrested 1 person in connection with this case. Stay tuned for updates...