Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has confiscated 23.5 tonnes of banned Mandrax tablets at Udaipur, Rajasthan. It contained about 2 crore tablets, which have been seized.

The tablets, estimated to be worth over Rs. 3,000 crore, were meant for illegal exports to Mozambique and South Africa, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) Chairman Najeeb Shah told a press conference. “The party drug, a depressant, overdose of which can lead to coma and death, is used as a recreational drug in Africa and Asia,” Mr. Shah said.

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He said Bollywood producer Subhash Dudani, the alleged mastermind of the syndicate that manufactured acetic anhydride, a major ingredient of Mandrax, and imported or locally procured other raw materials, had been arrested. Mr. Dudani was nabbed in Mumbai and sent to Udaipur on transit remand.

The pharmaceutical factory in Udaipur and its two warehouses in Rajsamand, where the seizure was made, are owned by Ravi Dudani, nephew of the Dubai-based kingpin Subhash Dudani.
Subhash, the key person behind the narcotic drugs racket, lives in Dubai and had come to Mumbai where he has been arrested.