Three arrested by Mumbai Crime Branch with red sanders worth Rs 7.5 crore
| Wednesday | 11th September, 2019
Officers of the Mumbai Crime Branch have arrested three men who were allegedly smuggling prohibited red sandalwood worth Rs 7.5 crore.
According to the police, a tip-off given by one of the informers stating that a temp loaded with red sandalwood which is also known as red sanders would reach Santacruz West on Tuesday from south India.
After intercepting this alerting input, unit 9 of the crime branch prepared teams and stopped the vehicle which resulted in the seizure of total 1,556 kilograms of Sandalwood worth Rs 7.5 crore.
Prima facie is that the sandalwood was smuggled to Mumbai so that it is further transported abroad in the black market for more money.
Later, the customs and the officials of the Maharashtra Forest Department seized the sandalwood.
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