A 30-year-old woman from Tibet and two Nigerian nationals have been arrested by the New Delhi district police for allegedly running an international drug peddling racket. The police also recovered 940 grams of cocaine from them, estimated to be worth Rs 1 crore at least in the international market.
The gang was involved in smuggling of banned drugs and psychotropic substances to western countries through cargo and courier agencies. The seized drugs are sedatives and hypnotic substances, commonly used in rave parties, police said.
The woman, identified as Tsering Choezom, worked in beauty parlors at Majnu Ka Tila and Saket. She was arrested on Saturday along with her two Nigerian associates, identified as Isika Collins, 27, and Omenoys Favor, 27.
SBS Tyagi, DCP (New Delhi), said the police acted after receiving a complaint from one Vashist Kumar, who is the proprietor of a courier agency. In his complaint, Kumar reported about a suspicious parcel that was to be sent abroad.
“Kumar told us that the parcel was booked by a female customer, Pooja Ray, who had sent similar parcels to foreign countries such as Holland and Australia earlier too.
The last parcel — containing fancy laces, golden threads and spiral bands — was given by her for dispatch on July 12 but had been delayed due to documentation issues. Ray made repeated telephone calls and displayed extreme anxiety over the delay in delivery of the parcel, making Kumar suspicious about her credentials. He informed us about the matter,” Tyagi said.
Accordingly, a preliminary forensic check of the substance concealed in the consignment was made with the help of NDPS Kit and upon positive confirmation of presence of a controlled drug, a case was registered and the accused were nabbed from a flat in Tilak Nagar after extensive efforts, added Tyagi.
“In view of the huge quantity of SIM cards, dongles, laptops and other incriminating documents seized from the arrested persons, the possibility of their involvement in the online lottery cheating offences cannot be ruled out,” he said.