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Heroin found in toy cycles

Narcotics detectives in Chennai have uncovered heroin hidden in tyres of tricycles for children. Officials of the Narcotics Control Bureau have arrested a Sri Lankan and his agent in Chennai in a raid on a hotel – but the main smuggler is missing. Sourced from Madhya Pradesh the drug was brought by road to Chennai on its way to Sri Lanka over a sea route.

Detectives found 10 dismantled tricycles and the tyres on nine of them contained the banned drug. "Nine of them [tyres] were found to weigh almost double that of other tyres…when countered they [smugglers] admitted they contained heroin," said Shakar Jiwal, Director of Narcotics Control Bureau.

The seizure illustrates the desperation of the drug mafia to carry on with the illegal trade even in the face of tight monitoring by enforcement agencies.