DRI seizes 18.1 kg Ambergris worth Rs 31.67 crore in Tuticorin
Tuticorin: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) today busted an Ambergris smuggling gang racket and seized 18.1 kg of Ambergris at Tuticorin Coast which is valued at ₹31.67 crore (approximately) in the illicit market.
Four persons from Kerala and Tamil Nadu actively involved in this smuggling attempt were arrested and remanded under judicial custody. Further investigation is under progress.
Ambergris is a product of sperm whales, which is a protected species listed under Schedule II of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and is thus prohibited for possession/export/transport. It was thus seized along with the vehicle used for transporting the prohibited item.
Based on specific information that a gang would be attempting to smuggle ambergris out of India through the sea route near the coast of Harbour Beach, Tuticorin to Sri Lanka during the night hours of 18.05.2023, DRI Officers intercepted a vehicle along with five persons and recovered 18.1 kg of ambergris from the front seat of the vehicle. The occupants confessed to the smuggling attempt.
DRI stated that in its endeavour to protect and safeguard the flora and fauna from such smuggling attempts has intensified its vigil and surveillance in the coastal areas. In the last two years, DRI has seized around 40.52 kg of Ambergris valued at Rs. 54 crores in the international market and attempted to be smuggled out of India from the Tuticorin Coast.
– global bihari bureau