Mumbai: The Mumbai unit of Narcotics Control Bureau seized 111 Kg of Poppy Straw (commercial quantity), 1.4 Kg of Opium, Cash Rs. 1.55 Lakh along with 2 grinding machines which are used for grinding of Poppy Seeds, an electronic scale and a note counting machine, on Monday.
‘On specific information, a team of NCB Mumbai raided three shops located at Kamtha, Nanded and busted a clandestine drug unit. Other than seizures three persons were intercepted by the bureau. It is an interstate gang which is operating. Searches in multiple locations in Madhya Pradesh have also begun’, Sameer Wankhede, Zonal Director, NCB Mumbai said.
Poppy straw is a raw material from which illegal heroin may be produced. Poppy straw, also known as opium straw, mowed opium straw, crushed poppy capsule, poppy chaff, or poppy husk is made from opium poppies that are harvested when fully mature and dried by mechanical means, minus the ripe poppy seeds.