Mumbai, March 20 -- Officers from Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) busted a drug racket on Tuesday that was being operated from a Palghar factory. The officers seized 483kg of ephedrine in liquid and slurry form, suspected to be worth Rs.5 crore, following which, the next day, three people were arrested under relevant sections of Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

Based on a tip-off, officers raided the premises of Jagdamba Chemicals in MIDC, Tarapur. They discovered that the accused, Ravi Singh, Rakesh Khanivadekar and Pradip Thokade, had been producing the ephedrine over the past four days.

Thokade is the owner of the factory and had given the unit to Singh for around Rs.6 lakh to manufacture the drug. Sing...