2cr drug bust: From Colom­bia via Canada

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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

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