2cr drug bust: From Colombia via Canada
New Delhi: Hidden in secret chambers of printers, an international drug cartel was supplying high-quality Colombian cocaine from Canada to highend users in Delhi, Mumbai and Punjab. Around 422 gram cocaine, worth approximately Rs 2 crore, was found when a team of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) intercepted a package meant for Jalandhar.
NCB’s deputy director general (northern range), S K Jha, said the delivery was addressed to Yogesh Kumar Dhuna, a resident of Mohalla Islamabad in Jalandhar.
An official said they had received a tipoff about the drug movement and to uncover the whole plot, the NCB team quickly made a decoy package and sent it to Dhuna under the bureau’s surveillance. As soon as Dhuna took the delivery of the decoy package, NCB officials nabbed him and took him into custody.
Dhuna allegedly told the cops that he was working for a ring of traffickers supplying Colombian cocaine from Canada to India, Australia and a few other countries. The cartel had been successfully smuggling the drugs through consignments of printing machines.
Based on his information and the names of key players, bureau officials initiated a series of raids and arrested the mastermind, identified as Akshin
HIGH CRIMES: der Singh of Amritsar, from Patti in Punjab following a cat-andmouse chase. Singh has also allegedly confessed to be part of the international drug cartel.
Officials have found 115 grams of cocaine,15 grams of ephedrine, 80 grams of hashish oil and at least 292 capsules along with mixing agents on the two men. While the cocaine and hashish oil came from Canada, the capsules were being procured in India, said an official. The origin of the ephedrine drug is still being confirmed. These drugs were sold to suppliers active in Delhi and Mumbai, who were re-selling them to high-end customers.
The director general of NCB, Rakesh Asthana, has ordered a crackdown on the Delhi-Punjab drug cartels, which operate in association with their international counterparts.
The cartel was smuggling drugs through consignments of printing machines