DRI busts drone smuggling network

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Thursday arrested one person in Ahmedabad while busting a network operating across India, China, Pakistan and Myanmar that had been engaged in smuggling high-end drones.

Accusing the arrested person Chinmay Anand of being the network’s kingpin, the DRI also seized high-end drones and recovered other equipment that is normally used in espionage and surveillance.

According to the DRI, the drones were supplied by Chinese companies, based on orders received from Pakistan-based firms, to a warehouse in Dehong, in China’s Yunnan province. From Dehong, which is located close to Myanmar’s eastern border, the drones were smuggled into Myanmar and from there to India.

“From Dehong in China, the Myanmarese smugglers were tasked with getting them to and across the China-Myanmar international border into Myanmar,” the DRI said in a statement. “Once in Myanmar, these drones were transported hundreds of kilometres to a place called

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