Chennai, Feb 26 : Customs officials at Chennai Airport have seized 25 kg of the internationally banned party drug, Ketamine, worth over Rs.25 million from a 22-year-old Taiwanese passenger. According to officials, Mohammed Mohideen Nasar was booked on a Thai Airways flight to Taiwan via Bangkok.
"After verifying his luggage, two cardboard cartons containing four steel cans were found, and on splitting the outer layers of the vessels, neatly packed Ketamine was recovered,"said C. Rajan, Commissioner of Customs.
He has been sent to judicial custody
Ketamine, a variant of an anesthetic developed by the multinational pharmaceutical company Parke-Davis in 1962, was primarily meant for veterinary consumption. When over-used by humans sans medical supervision, it increases blood pressure and causes hallucinations.
It has been banned worldwide since 2003.