Mangalore, August 20, 2014: An attempt to smuggle a container carrying red sandalwood worth crores of rupees was foiled by the officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) at the New Mangalore port here on Wednesday, August 20.
The container, carrying 16.990 tonnes of red sandalwood, was being transported by a Bangalore-based private firm to Dubai, DRI officials said.
The consignment which was declared to be carrying soap detergents had left Mangalore Port for Dubai on August 9.
When the consignment reached Colombo, the DRI officials called back the vessel on suspicion following a tip-off. The container was opened today and the contents of the consignment revealed, the officials said.
DRI Mangalore seized 16.990 tons red sanders valued at 6,79,60.000 (as per the prevailing market value for export) from a container No. GESU 3039340 at NMPT, Mangalore
DRI arrested Sri Samuel Aruldoss, Managing Director of M/s Beracha Exim Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, the exporter and Sri Ganesh Kumar, Driver of the Truck bearing Regn. No. KA 19B 7426 which transported the said container from Bangalore to Mangalore port. Investigation are also initiated to find out the entire racket who indulged the smuggling and also helped the exporter from Mangalore/Bangalore side.
Red Sanders Wood in any form is prohibited for export in terms of the prevalent Foreign Trade Policy. Therefore the entire goods were seized and kept in the custody of DRI/Customs.