The drug squad hit hard. She got her hands on 90 kilos of cocaine in the afternoon of Wednesday, July 10, in Pailles. This drug, estimated at Rs 1.35 billion, was hidden in a recently imported excavator. Nice net from the Anti-Drug and Smuggling Unit (Adsu) in Pailles, Wednesday. The bloodhounds seized a record amount of cocaine at the premises of a company involved in the importation of equipment and excavators (JCB). 90 kilos of this drug, estimated at Rs 1.35 billion, were discovered in bags carefully hidden in a shovel. This equipment recently arrived in the country. On Wednesday evening, the anti-drug squad, led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police Choolun Bhojoo, was on the brink of war to trace back to the company responsible for the import. At the time of going to press, the source of the drug had not yet been determined. However, in the survey community, France and South Africa are cited. It also appears that the company targeted by this brigade mainly imports its equipment from France. There were indications that, still on Wednesday evening, Adsu could not confirm that the drug was destined for the Mauritian market or should be shipped to the surrounding islands. As soon as the container arrived, the drug unit’s bloodhounds became aware of an attempt to smuggle a large shipment of drugs into the country. At the same time, according to one source, it was on the premises of the Pailles company that an employee discovered this large quantity of cocaine. The excavator would have passed customs and police controls when it arrived in the country some time ago. The Adsu should therefore screen the procedures initiated for customs clearance to determine whether there has been internal complicity. Late in the evening, after the operation in the straw warehouse, Adsu, in collaboration with other police units, transferred the drug. It was sealed at the central barracks. This practice had been used by the Veeren/Kistnah network. The tandem, with the help of its accomplices, had on three occasions imported JCB excavators from South Africa in March 2017. 157 kilos of this drug, worth Rs 2.3 billion, had entered Mauritian territory before the police seized it. At this stage, Adsu has reason to believe that this import could be linked to networks operating in the West of the country, where JCB has already been investigated by the authorities, in particular the Anti-Corruption Commission. Given the circumstances in which the drug was seized, Adsu was unable to set up a Controlled Delivery operation.