Punjab police have exposed Delhi-based synthetic drug racket kingpin Dev Behl's links with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his brother Anees in the smuggling of gold.
Unearthing Behl's association with Dawood, Patiala SSP Hardyal Singh Mann said on Saturday that from 1983 to 1988, Behl operated an international gold smuggling syndicate along with Anees on the directions of Dawood.
"During interrogation, Behl, who started criminal activities in the early 80s, revealed that he had met Anees and Dawood many times during the course of the gold smuggling racket. He also maintained contact with Dawood even after their partnership broke up in 1988 and went to meet him in Dubai," Mann said, adding that the gold smuggling racket was operated on a massive scale with 8-10 kg gold being smuggled on a monthly basis.
Mann said that as per Behl's revelation, following business differences with Anees he quit gold smuggling as the business turned out to be less lucrative over the years.
"To convert his illegal wealth into white money, he started a sale/purchase business of second-hand cars before operating the drug racket in 2000," Mann said.
Speaking about more revelations in the multi-crore synthetic drug racket, Mann said the drug racketeers had confessed to smuggling drugs worth Rs 2,000 crore in the international market.
"Investigations have revealed that before Behl's arrest, he was working on one of his largest orders so far -- supply of 300kg of Ice to be routed through Nairobi, Kenya, in a single contraband consignment that was worth Rs 1,500 crore in the international market."
The preliminary inquiry estimates that Behl and his associates obtained at least 1,500 kg of precursor chemicals and converted them into synthetic drugs like Ice through the manufacturing process in factories in Himachal Pradesh and other places and smuggled these to Canada.
In 2004, he obtained 700kg of pseudoephedrine from Hyderabad and smuggled it into the international market after manufacturing the ICE drug.