Police have arrested three people for allegedly smuggling ambergris, or whale vomit used in cosmetics, worth around Rs 7 crore, police said on Sunday.
Ambergis is a waxy substance produced in the intestines of sperm whales.
Police said the three men were apprehended on Saturday after bringing the expensive substance from Junagadh for a client in Ahmedabad.
Police recovered 5.35 kg of ambergris worth about Rs 7 crore from them on the international market, they said.
“We have arrested three people for smuggling 5.35 kg of ambergris. They are part of a network in which so far 10 people are suspected of being involved. Further investigation into the case is underway. course, “said Deputy Police Commissioner (Zone VII) Premsukh Delu. .
The defendants were charged under the provisions of the Wildlife (Protection) Act after the forensic team said, on the face of it, the product found in their possession was ambergris, he said. declared.
The defendants have been identified as Sharin Cheda (from Junagadh), Khalid Ofi (from Bhavnagar) and Sumer Soni (from Udaipur in Rajasthan), he said.
The accused obtained the product from Junagadh and came to Ahmedabad to deliver it to someone the police identified, he added.