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Hashish recovered from Buddhist books

       New Delhi: Customs officlas have recovered four consignments of hashish weighing 1.2 kilograms from different parcels that were heading towards Britain. According to a media release issued on behalf of Additional Commissioner of Customs, Foreign Post Office, Neeraj Kansal, the hashish haul were found in parcels that were being passed off as Buddhist religious books. The parcels originated from Mcleodganj in Himachal Pradesh, where a majority of the exiled Tibetans live. Mcleodganj is also the seat of The Dalai Lama in India. Suspicious officials opened one of the parcels and found hashish concealed in cavities within the books. The postal route has emerged as an alternative way to send drugs out of India. Since April 2006, 24 cases relating to the export of narcotics have been registered by the Foreign Post Office. The consignment seized so far includes nine kilograms of hashish and two kilograms of heroin, most of which was headed for countries in Europe. Earlier this year, acting on information provided by Customs officials at the Foreign Post Office, the U.S.Drug Enforcement Administration arrested two persons who were receiving drugs in America. They have since been sentenced to serve between five and ten years in prison for violating the U.S. Federal Controlled Substance Act..
- Nov 20, 2006

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