International drug syndicate busted

Monday, Dec 1, 2014,21:02 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | An international drug syndicate was busted by the Special Cell of Delhi Police with the arrest of three alleged drug traffickers including an Afghan national and recovery of two kg heroin worth Rs six crore from them. The gang used to traffic the drug after hiding it in a especially crafted cavities in the base of strolley bags.
The trio identified as Naseer Ahmed, a resident of Afghanistan, Kabeer MP and PO Pozhuthana, both residents of Kerala were arrested yesterday following a tip off. Police also recovered Rs one lakh cash from them. Our team had been working on an international narcotic syndicate spread across Kuwait, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
The member of the syndicate were actively involved in pushing high quality Afghanproduced heroin into India for local consumption as well as further transmission to South East and West Asian countries, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Rajeev Ranjan. It was learnt that the whole syndicate was under the command and control of some Kuwait based kingpins and information available to individual operatives was strictly limited to ‘need to know’ basis, he added.
While monitoring this syndicate, a tip off was received that an Afghan national, member of this syndicate, was expected to meet some South Indian operatives for a delivery in Saket area. A raid was conducted at Service Road, Near Idgah Park, Saket and the trio was arrested while they were in the middle of a transaction.
A total of 1.936 kg of Heroin was recovered from their possession which was kept in a cavity especially crafted in the base of a brown color trolley bag which was being handed over to Kabeer MP by Naseer Ahmed in lieu of money which was paid a few seconds earlier by accused Biju P, said Ranjan. According to police, Naseer Ahmed initially used to supply ‘match boxes’ to Tajikistan.
As disclosed by him, he used to frequently visit Peshawar, Pakistan in connection with his trade where he met Afzal who roped him in the trade by offering commission of 10,000 dollar per consignment successfully delivered in India. Naseer joined the syndicate and started visiting India carrying specially modified suitcases/trolley bags wherein heroin was concealed for delivery to contacts in India.
The arrest of this module has revealed several clues about the operation of this transnational syndicate which is being developed to identify and arrest other India based members of this syndicate as well as in establishing the identities of Kuwait, Afghanistan and Pakistan based kingpins, said Ranjan.