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Canadian NRI, Manpreet Bal arrested


Canadian NRI arrested for trying to smuggle 100 kg of drug to Mexico


Mumbai, September 21, 2008
Sue Gill

Canadian NRI, Manpreet Bal, 35 was arrested for trying to smuggle nearly 100 kg of Ephedrine tablets to Mexico, worth Rs1.5 crore in the international market. The drug was found in four plastic drums at the air cargo complex.

Along with him, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) also arrested a clearing agent, Ajay S, who had allegedly helped Bal get his baggage through on a Jet Airways flight bound for the US Saturday evening and onward to Mexico.

NCB officials said:

  • We received a tip-off acting on which a team of NCB sleuths raided the cargo of a Mexico-bound flight at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
  • There is an international mafia that smuggles Ephedrine to Mexico. There are several other Canadians on the NCB radar who are presently on the run.

In 2006, a Delhi police arrested Canadian NRI, Gurdish Singh Toor for smuggling, 100 kg of Ephedrine tablets from the Indira Gandhi International Airport to Canada

Ephedrine is a drug that makes Metamphetamine. It is known as as Ecstacy, and famous in parties. Ecstacy is banned in the US, Canada and in India.

Methylenedioxymethamphetamine or "MDMA" is a drug that is quickly becoming more popular everyday. Some of the most common street names for MDMA used by street users are Ecstacy, XTC, and "X". Ecstacy is a hallucinogen and produces stimulant effects like amphetamine. It is commonly marketed as a "feel good drug" because of the positive feelings of well being and empathy toward other people, elimination of anxiety, and extreme relaxation. It is also said that ecstacy suppresses the need to eat drink and sleep, allowing club scene users to endure all night and some times two or three day parties. Ecstacy is distributed mostly in pill or capsule form.