THE QAISERBAGH police, on Saturday, busted a drug-peddling racket and arrested three of the gang members carrying a consignment of cocaine worth Rs 1 crore in the international market.
The accused revealed during interrogation that the gang leader known as Master (a tailor) was running the racket from Chhibramau area of Kannauj district for past several years. The gangster was supplying the drug consignment to various districts in the State and Lucknow was the biggest centre to receive the delivery.
The police team laid a rap following a tip-off about some drug dealers arriving in the area to hand over the consignment to a local agent. The cops later spotted four persons engaged in a discussion near Baradari. As the police team closed on them, the foursome started running away.
Police chased them and caught three of them while another managed to give them the slip. The trio was identified as Rajiv Kumar, Sukhbir Singh Yadav and Rajesh Mishra, all natives of Chhibramau, Kannauj and staying in Lucknow at different places in rented rooms. Rajesh was employed with a leading shopping centre in Hazratganj.
The cops recovered three separate packets containing 300 grams each of cocaine. Police claimed that the drug consignment was worth Rs 1 crore in the international market. The trio revealed that the man who escaped had come to receive the consignment. They were unaware about his identity and that the gang leader knew the person. They used to follow directives of Master only and carry the drug consignment to the agent only, the accused revealed.
The ‘carriers’ used to get Rs 5,000 each for the job.
It was revealed during the interrogation of the accused that Master had connection with top drug dealers in Barabanki and Madhya Pradesh. He gets cocaine, morphine, smack and heroine from the top ones and dispatches it to the retailers in Lucknow and other districts across the state.
Since there was more demand of cocaine and morphine among the affluent group of drug addicts the peddlers earn good money. The cops revealed that the next in the row was demand of smack from the retailers in various pockets of the city. However, majority of the smack supply is made from Barabanki market, the cops said.