Mumbai police arrested two persons for possessing Ambergris, also known as whale vomit, worth Rs 7.85 crore from lower parel.
Whale whale vomit is most one of the most expansive substances used in manufacturing perfumes. The sale of Ambergris is banned in India as Sperm Whales are a protected species under the Wildlife Protection Act 1970.
Both accused are residents of Maharashtra living in the coastal town of Alibag in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. Both accused in their defense said they found it near the sea coast.
Police said further investigation into the matter is underway.
Officials from Unit 3 of the Mumbai Crime Branch received information that two suspects were selling the prohibited item Ambergris to prospective buyers worth Rs 7.75 crore.
Police set a trap for catching the accused near the lower panel. Police, after confirming the identity of the persons, arrested the suspected persons.
Among the two arrested persons, one is an ex-police officer from the Pydhonie Police Station. He was dismissed from service on corruption charges in 2016.
Ambergris is formed inside the digestive system of sperm whales. Ambergris is formed from a secretion of the bile duct in the intestines of the sperm whale and can be found floating on the sea or washed up on coastlines. It is sometimes found in the abdomens of dead sperm whales.
On Tuesday, six persons were also arrested by Tamil Nadu police for smuggling whale vomit, worth 2 crores, near Thiruchendur town in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi.
The accused have been identified as Elangovan, Venkatesh, John Britto, Raja Mohammad, Mohammad Aslam, and Ramkumar. They were booked under the Wildlife Protection Act.