Five bulletproof snake venom containers worth more than $36 million have been seized by police in India after they were tipped off.
Four men, allegedly part of an international smuggling group, were arrested after police posed as potential customers and pretended to be ready to make a deal.
Sanjay Dutta, Range Officer told India Live Today: We had information that some containers of snake venom made in France would be coming through Bangladesh.
‘We kept on tracking it.
‘Four persons were arrested and five bullet-proof containers of snake venom worth Rs 200 crore ($36 million) were seized.
According to officials in West Bengal Forest Department in Jalapaiguri, India, they received information that snake venom was being smuggled from Bangladesh for prospective sale in India.
The police caught the alleged smugglers by posing as potential customers, meeting them in a hotel to make a deal, and then arresting the men and seizing the five containers of venom.
The men appeared at court on Saturday. Snake venom is used for medicinal purposes in many parts of Asia, and it is vital to creating anti-venom for snake bites.