Hunt for drug sus­pect’s co­hort

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate huge haul of cannabis

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

A WOMAN who was liv­ing with a sus­pected drug smug­gler in Hayes is her­self be­ing hunted by the author­i­ties.

The Na­tional Crime Agency is try­ing to trace Su­vita Bhar­mo­tra who was liv­ing with 28-year-old Bal­winder Rai, a man wanted on sus­pi­cion of smug­gling as much as a ton of drugs into the coun­try.

Rai is wanted in con­nec­tion with a Chan­nel Tun­nel drugsmug­gling at­tempt, and the Na­tional Crime Agency are fol­low­ing a num­ber of new lines of en­quiry af­ter an ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion about his where­abouts.

In­dian na­tional Bal­winder Rai is known to have con­nec­tions in the Hayes area of west Lon­don and Hol­ly­wood, Birm­ing­ham.

Steve McIntyre, NCA se­nior in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, said: “Since our first ap­peal we have had a num­ber of re­ported sight­ings in both Lon­don and Birm­ing­ham, but we still need more in­for­ma­tion.

“We know that Rai has a fe­male as­so­ciate known as Su­vita Bhar­mo­tra who was liv­ing with him at an ad­dress in Hayes.

“Bhar­mo­tra is a 36-year- old In­dian na­tional and we sus­pect she may have in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing Rai’s where­abouts. I’d ask her or any­one who has in­for­ma­tion about where she might be to come for­ward.”

The ap­peal fol­lows the seizure of 120 ki­los of cannabis from a lorry at the Chan­nel Tun­nel ter­mi­nal in Co­quelles, north­ern France, in Fe­bru­ary.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the same crime group may have been in­volved in at­tempts to im­port more than a ton of drugs in just a few months.

Mr McIntyre added: “We also know that Bal­winder Rai op­er­ated a man-with-a-van type busi­ness and I’m keen to speak to any­one who may have used his ser­vices or who may have rented him a ve­hi­cle.

“It is likely there are peo­ple out there who have done this in good faith, not know­ing ad­

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