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Millionaire's call girls carried drugs abroad

punjab Updated: Dec 07, 2013 20:13 IST
Vishal rambani
Vishal rambani
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Call girls working for Delhi multimillionaire Dev Behl delivered three shipments of drugs worth Rs 800 crore in Canada recently through air and sea, police claim to have found out.

On Friday, on the basis of leads gathered from Behl and other men arrested on Thursday in a Jagdish-Bhola-like ICE (m-amphetamine) racket run from the national capital, police said here the businessman had used all available means for luring international clients in the Canadian underworld.

"He used women to send consignments through the air and cargo routes, which exposes holes in security at the shipping centres," said senior superintendent of police Hardial Singh Mann, adding: "Police will share his modus operandi with the airport authorities, shipping establishment, customs, and other agencies."

Acting "on the disclosures by Behl and his associates Rakesh Tinku and Mohinder", Punjab Police on Friday seized 50-kilogram precursor chemical pseudoephedrine that has international value of Rs 50-crore. "Dev Behl is a ruthless operator who obtained his raw material, including precursor chemicals ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, from India; processed it in factories in Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, and other states; and smuggled finished drugs into Canada," said the SSP.

Police have identified Toronto's Iqbal Singh 'Pala' as one of the men who collected the shipments. "Behl was a big-time trafficker, and his consignments to Canada weighed in hundreds of kilograms," said the SSP, adding: "One particular consignment of ICE was exactly 100 kg, worth `500 crore, made to order."

The making of drug lord

Dev Behl is reported to have told police how his partner, Ravi Shankar, and he manufactured synthetic drugs in Baddi before Shankar shifted his operations to North America and sold his share to him.

"Once he was sole owner of the business, Behl started operating in Canada and the US. Shankar also started smuggling drugs from Canada to the US on a very large scale, and got into North America's drug wars, as his quick rise in the trade attracted enemies.

"Behl told us the US police had arrested Shankar on a charge of murder and, subsequently, exposed his involvement in the drug trade," said SSP Mann.