Party drug worth Rs 22 crore seized from Delhi’s Dwarka, two arrested
The drug, police said, was allegedly being procured from Punjab and being sold to party goers in Delhi, Chandigarh, Mizoram as well as Myanmar.delhi Updated: May 18, 2017 00:12 IST
Police on Wednesday arrested two persons from west Delhi’s Dwarka and recovered around 22.5kg of Ephedrine, a drug that is popular in rave parties. The value of the seized drugs in international market is around Rs 22 crore.
The drug, police said, was allegedly being procured from Punjab and being sold to party goers in Delhi, Chandigarh, Mizoram as well as Myanmar.
A team of officers from Delhi Police’s special cell have been cracking down on syndicates dealing in Ephedrine and were on the trail of one Ashok Kumar, who was allegedly smuggling the drug to Delhi.
Police on Monday received a tip-off that a large consignment of Ephedrin would be brought to Dwarka for delivery. A police team processed the information an dlater set a trap.
“The waiting police team spotted an Esteem car in which the suspect was supposed to be arriving. As soon as Ashok moved to hand over the bag to the receiver, identified as Lalmuankima, we swooped down and nabbed them and seized the drug,” said Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, DCP (special cell).
During interrogation, Ashok allegedly revealed that he learnt about the illegal use of Ephedrine as a party drug while working with a pharmaceutical company in Delhi. “He realised that using Ephedrine to prepare ecstasy tablets would yield huge profits,” said the officer.
Ephedrine is generally used in making cough syrups. Around four decades ago, it was first used to prepare ecstasy tablets, police said. Popular among party goers as well as many foreign tourists in India, the drug has also been learnt to be supplied to far off customers through courier.
The tablets are either swallowed or mixed with alcoholic drinks. If consumed in large quantities, hallucinations are known to occur, said officers who have been cracking down against drug rackets.
In the latest racket, Ashok was allegedly set to sell the 22.5 kilos of Ephedrine to Lalmuankima who is a native of Aizwal and works for a drug dealer there.
Lalmuankima allegedly ferried the drug to Aizwal and was paid Rs 25,000 for each trip he made. Police said the arrest of the two men should help them in identifying the two ends of this drug chain.