Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday asked enforcement agencies to go after ‘big fish’ and nab those global mafia who control the operation of sending ‘mountains’ of illegal drugs into the country.
The minister asked revenue intelligence officers to engage more with their international counterparts to book ‘big handlers’ working behind the scene, and ensure that smugglers do not outsmart authorities.
Revenue intelligence officers should strive to bring each case to its logical conclusion at the earliest possible time, she said, adding that smugglers would certainly leave a trail and that should be used to reach the main handlers who are actually behind the operation.
Her comments come against the backdrop of huge quantity of drugs being caught at Gujarat ports in recent months. Last week, 143 kilogram of drugs valuing about Rs 478 crore was seized in poll-bound Gujarat.