Three held with Whale Vomit worth Rs 2.7 crore

Monkeypox in Delhi

Mumbai, June 18
Three persons in Mumbai were arrested in connection with illegal sale of Ambergris commonly known as ‘Whale Vomit’ to the tune of around Rs 2.7 crore.

“Acting on a precise input, the officials of Mumbai’s crime branch unit-4 arrested three men along with Whale Vomit weighing around 2.7 kilogram. The estimated market value of the seized article would be around Rs 2.7 crore,” said police officials.
The arrested accused were identified Ramesh Ramji Waghela (56), Arvind Shah (63) and Dhanaji Hasmukh Thakur (52), said the officer, adding that the trio was booked under Wild Life (protection) Act.

“Following a tip-off that a group is looking out for customer to sell Whale Vomit, the sleuths of Crime Branch along with forest officials and marine biologist conducted a raid at a flat in Mulund and nabbed the trio along with ambergris. Prima-facie investigation revealed that the arrested men have received the Whale Vomit from a person in Gujarat,” said officials.

For chemical analysis of seized Whale Vomit, a sample has been sent to Forensic Laboratory in Kolkata, added officials.

Officials further informed that Whale Vomit is a waxy substance originates as a secretion in the intestines of the sperm whale. It is used in manufacturing of perfumes.


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