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Police arrest Italian national, seize drugs worth over Rs 9 crore

PANAJI: The Anti-Narcotics Cell of Goa police Sunday arrested an Italian national and seized from his possession contraband drugs worth Rs 9.31 crore in the international drug market.

Addressing the media in the afternoon, Inspector General of Police Sunil Garg along with Deputy Inspector General V Ranganathan and Crime Branch chief and Superintendent of Police Karthik Kashyap said that the raid was conducted at Grande-Peddem in Anjuna, on the intervening night of January 31 and February 1 and the drug peddler was caught red handed.

Garg said the accused Vincenzo Rainone, aged 54, started running from a restaurant at around 2 am after seeing the police. Garg said that the police, however, managed to catch the accused and recovered LSD papers from his possession. Later, upon conducting a search in his flat, the police found 30,750 square-shaped pieces of LSD papers and 4.7 grams of LSD liquid along with his passport and three mobile phone handsets.

Crime Branch chief Kashyap said the value of the seized drugs is approximately Rs 9.31 crore in the international market. He said that the drugs were difficult to detect as the LSD papers were neither smelling nor did the colourless liquid have any odour. Stating that usually it is difficult for untrained police personnel to detect the sheets and liquid in a small bottle, Kashyap said his staff could detect the narcotics as they were trained during the last seminar session wherein the issue about drugs was discussed at length. “Now there are machines, but sniffer dogs too fail on many occasions,” he said. Kashyap said that the accused had been visiting the state since the last 14 years and staying with his brother, who died recently. The SP said that the accused used to visit Goa sometimes on a tourist visa while at other times on business visa. “This time he had been in the state on a business visa and landed in Goa via Thailand,” he said.

Ruling out the possibility of the state becoming a commercial transit point or a haven for drug peddlers, Kashyap said that the police intelligence has revealed that the state has been a consumer destination till date. He said that even other intelligence agencies agree with this. “However, sneaking of drugs is carried out through road, rail, air routes or courier service,” he said.

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