Health Desk-9 August, 2019: Benapole Customs authorities seized 2.5 tonnes of world’s largest sex power ‘Viagra’ powder consignment worth Tk 12 crore imported from India by false declaration on Wednesday.
Customs Commissioner Belal Hossain Chowdhury said the reporters in a press conference at Benapole Customs Club on Wednesday afternoon.
Customs sources said that Biozid Enterprise, a Dhaka-based importer, have imported 2,250kg of ‘sodium starch salts’ from India through false declaration, whose LC No. 94619010342, dated: 21/5/19 and Customs Manifest No. 19193, Dated: 26/5/19. After careful examination with the help of ‘Raman Spectrometer’ and other instruments in the custom house’s laboratories, Viagra confirmed the matter.
Later, for further confirmation, samples of the product were sent to BUET, BCSIR, Khulna University of Engineering & Technology (KUET) and the Drug Administration Department of Dhaka for consideration of highly sensitive products. After a month BUET and BCSIR test the product was reported as ‘Sodium Starch Glycollate’.
Subsequently, the customs authorities again sent the samples to the Drug Administration of Dhaka and KUET for examination.
They tested the product for a long time and found that 98.5% Viagra was found in the test report. The customs authorities confirmed the immediately after receiving the report.
The 12th member of the World Customs Organisation, despite long warnings on smuggling of drugs, explosives and such harmful products, has been detained in Bangladesh for the first time such shipment in the world.
Benapole Customs Commissioner Belal Hossain Chowdhury said, a seven members inquiry committee was made under the head of Joint Commissioner Shahidul Islam. The BGB’s commanding officer, Lt. Col. Selim Reza, was included in the investigation committee.