Saturday, June 24, 2023

Foreign-origin betel nut smuggling lassoed in India

Betel nut is the seed of the fruit of the areca palm. It is also known as areca nut.
Wasim Bawla was busted under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Bawla was arrested for smuggling foreign-origin betel nuts through the India-Myanmar border without payment of customs duty. Bogus invoices facilitated the sale and purchase of betel nuts in the Nagpur region of Maharashtra.
Myanmar accounts for more than half of Southeast Asia’s betel consumption.
Use involves the ingestion of a combination of betel leaves and areca nut along with other ingredients. It is common throughout Asia. Today there are about 600 million betel users worldwide. With nicotine, alcohol and caffeine, betel nuts are one of the most popular mind-altering substances in the world. Betel nut is a stimulant and a carcinogen.