The number of seizures in both “Parcel Post Offices” of the country Increased from 27 last year to 34 this year.
Drugs worth Rs 52.34 million was seized at the post office at the airport and port since the beginning of the year. The Customs officers conducted 34 seizures of illicit substances, including cannabis from heroin, through LSD. The control has been strengthened in both Parcel Post Offices, especially at the holidays approach.
The authorities are currently struggling in their fight against drug trafficking.In either Parcel Post Offices of the country, customs officers and the Anti-Drug and Smuggling Unit (ADSU) conducted since the beginning of the year, 34 drug seizures with a street value of Rs 52 340,000.
With 16 parcels received and entered, these are some 3 470.81 kilograms of heroin that were switched off. This drug is estimated at Rs 51,812 150. The following three cannabis seizures (1 588.26 kg worth Rs 963,000). Three packages of hashish (or 14.63 grams worth Rs 38,890) were also seized, along with 66.40 grams of synthetic drugs worth Rs 72,870 and 500 grams of cannabis seeds costing Rs 50,000, among others.
Compared to last year, there was a slight increase in seizures in both Parcel Posts Offices, which rose from 27 to 34. However, at the market value of these illegal products, there is a jump of almost 100%. The market value of drugs seized in 2015 – heroin, cannabis (leaves and seeds), hashish, synthetic drugs, LSD (a hallucinogen psychotropic) and poppy seeds (poppy seeds), etc – was Rs 26.3 million.
Cooperation with Customs / ADSU
At the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA), it contends that everything is done to fight against drug trafficking via the packages received in both Parcel Post Offices. Authorities have identified the latest tricks used by smugglers: fictitious addresses, using the identity of deceased persons, concealment of drugs in cosmetics, greeting cards and binders (cover files).
“As we approach the holidays, the control is enhanced with a large deployment of customs and ADSU the officers in the Parcel Post Offices in the capital and the airport. Traffickers are attempting to divert the attention of the authorities by sending drug packages by mail. In addition to the scanner, the exercise of profiling and the contribution of sniffer dogs, there are other means that can detect the presence of illegal substances in parcels “are we told the MRA.
According to the DCP Choolun Bhojoo, head of ADSU, all parcels from the “coastal African countries,” including South Africa and Madagascar, are closely monitored. “Traffickers have several tricks to bring drugs to Mauritius. We will strengthen the collaboration between ADSU and customs in our fight against drugs, “he said.
A source Customs explains that drug trafficking through the mail service is not ruled out. Since the beginning of the year, Customs conducted a seizure of 300 grams of heroin with a street value of Rs 4.5 million.
“But the day customs grain. All packages are passed to the scanner and we do a profiling people who come receive the parcel. We also work on the basis of information to track packages containing illegal substances, “adds our source.