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Drugs haul troubles cops

india Updated: Sep 04, 2006 10:12 IST
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The thieves, who specialized in stealing goods from containers struck gold, as the shipment they intercepted this time was that of narcotic and that too worth over Rs 200 crore! However, the gang was held just in time.

South district police is thrilled with seizure of this huge shipment of 4.4 tons of Methaqualone, popularly known as Mandrax in drug circles, but the shipment has left Delhi police in a tizzy!

Little over a week ago, the Delhi police had seized ecstasy worth over Rs 100 crore and this shipment was also outbound.

Sources in police said that such large seizure has alerted the police, as Delhi has virtually become a hub for narcotic trade. Investigations have revealed that the in-demand narcotics in the western and African countries are being produced at some clandestine units in central India and are shipped to foreign destinations from Delhi.

Although the police are take aback by this huge catch, they are worried as to where to store the narcotic! The mal khana of the police station has no space to accommodate 220 bags containing 20 Kgs of Mandrax each. And if left unguarded there is every possibility that the local cops of the police station might get lured since every one is intrigued to taste drugs.

Talking to Hindustantimes.Com, the south district police chief, Anil Shukla said, "Stocking this huge consignment is certainly a tedious task and discussions with the Narcotic Control Bureau are on to find a way out. Since this is a case property, we may even request the court for destroying the consignment after keeping samples of narcotics from each bag."

Police on Sunday had developed information that Vinod Sharma of Kalkaji, infamous for stealing goods from containers for export, is indulging in narcotic trade.

Subsequently a raid was conducted and police seized two packets of two kgs each. The police was thrilled after the tests indicated that the white powder recovered from bags was cocaine. But the tests were repeated several times and police discovered that the powder was not cocaine but was Methaqualone.

During interrogation Vinod Sharma revealed that he had stocked the drug at his Badarpur shop. Thereafter, a series of raids led to the recovery of 4,400 Kgs of Mandrax.