400 kg of banned substances seized in raids on Chennai
Chennai: the Food Safety Department on Friday seized over 400 kg of banned substance, including from two godowns. Four teams raided 84 shops in areas surrounding 26 schools and colleges in the city. The areas covered included Alwarpet, Tenynampet, Peter’s Road in Royapettah, Gopalapuram, Cathedral Road, Poes Garden area, Mannadi, Sowcarpet, and Koyambedu, where 300 officials conducted this raids.
A raid on a godown on Varadamuthaiappan Street in Sowcarpet yielded around 400 kg of the banned substance. “The substance was being transported from North India. We have sent samples to the King Institute in Guindy for testing,” an official said.
The raid in Tambaram was conducted by A. Ramakrishnan, designated officer of Kancheepuram district and Tambaram food safety officer R. Velavan.
Police sources said the forensic test on chocolates, said to be laced with some drug, had been completed and the results would be sent to the court as it is confidential. “In the last one week more than 500 people have been arrested for selling banned products in over 12 police districts in the city,” said a senior police officer.
The police have seized more than 175 kg of ganja, 1,292 packets of maava and 10,681 packets of other tobacco products.