The recovery of 4-kg smack (a drug substance) from a couple from Uttar Pradesh by Patiala police on April 22 has revealed connections of the gang from Rajasthan to Madhya Pradesh, where opium is produced legally.
The local police, on Tuesday, claimed to have busted an inter-state drug-peddling gang, which also used to transform opium into smack by adding a specific chemical into it, and arrested five persons, including a home-guard of Rajasthan and a couple.
As the matter is not limited to a single state, the police have sought help of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to investigate the matter and capture the masterminds of the gang.
Police had recovered the contraband from the possession of the Ghaziabad (UP) based couple Naem and his wife Mumtaz alias Bhuri on April 22, who was working as the courier for the gang.
Meanwhile, the arrested honme guard was identified as Sanjay Kumar, resident of Jhalawar district in Rajasthan, who was deployed as a police home-guard jawan in Rajasthan.
The other two were identified as Mohan Lal of Jhalawar and Avtar Singh of Tarn Taran, who has been named as the buyer of the consignment.
Inspector General of Police (IG), Patiala zone, Paramraj Singh Umaranangal, said that bank accounts and various other means of money transactions of arrested smugglers were being investigated.
“Raids at Rajasthan, MP, UP, Delhi and other parts of the country are on to nab the mastermind and other accomplices of the gang,” he said and added that further investigation was on to trace out more facts.
Police officials claimed that many members of a 350-member tribe, inhabitant of Palia Kheri village, used to steal opium from fields and stock of the neighbouring villages of Madhya Pradesh, which legally cultivated opium.
The tribe mastered the art of converting the opium into smack, which was further supplied to Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, UP, Maharashtra, Karnataka and other states.
How opium turned into smack
Residents of Palia Kheri had developed a special method to transform opium into smack by adding some chemical into it. Police officials said that there was a special process to turn the opium into smack and most of the residents of the said village were trained to replicate the process at their homes
During the preliminary investigation, police have come to know that the residents of Palia Kheri village used to trade in blankets, jackets, and other hosiery goods in north India, especially in Ludhiana. With business as a shield, they used to wrap opium and smack in these goods and deliver drug consignments in Punjab.
Involvement of cop
It has been revealed that two years ago, a home-guard jawan Sanjay Kumar was posted at Jhalawar Jail and the kingpin Mange Lal of Rajasthan was also lodged in the same jail. Due to their proximity, Sanjay joined the smuggler gang. He became the informer of the smugglers and delivered the drugs himself to various parts of Delhi and Payal, Ludhiana.