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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Patiala police bust global drug racket; eight held

Vishal Rambani, Hindustan Times  Patiala, July 01, 2014
First Published: 22:35 IST(1/7/2014) | Last Updated: 22:37 IST(1/7/2014)

The Patiala police have busted an international drug trafficking cartel in which pseudoephedrine, ICE and other narcotic substances procured from Himachal Pradesh were shipped via Chennai (Tamil Nadu) to Myanmar (Burma) and Malaysia, and from there to European countries.

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The police claim to have arrested eight persons from Delhi, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Apart from Rs. 1.6 crore in cash, 615 kg of pseudoephedrine and 6.5-kg narcotic powder have been recovered, besides other items. The Punjab police have also sounded the Malaysian police over the drug trade.

Stating this here, inspector general (IG) Paramjit Singh Gill and senior superintendent of police (SSP) Hardial Singh Mann said that during the interrogation of Goraya businessman Gurjit Singh Gaba alias Monu, an accused in the Jagdish Bhola multi-crore drug racket, it came to light that an international synthetic drug trafficking network was operating from Tamil Nadu and was spread across Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi.

Gill said this network had been functional for the past six-seven years and had smuggled several quintals of drugs. The supply chains emanated from Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi and, through Chennai and Mizoram, led to Malaysia and European countries.

He said those arrested had been identified as Myanmar woman Cerboih alias Cherry; R Shiva Kumar, V Venkatesh, S Mani and M Prabhu, all residents of Chennai (Tamil Nadu); RV Sanmugam, a resident of Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu); Sachin Sardana of Delhi; and Devinder Kant Sharma of Sirsa (Haryana). Devinder was operating a pharmaceutical unit at Gagret (Himachal Pradesh).

“Gaba told the police that another factory owner (Devinder Kant Sharma) was operating like him,” the SSP said.

“This group used to procure pseudoephedrine, ICE and other narcotic substances from Himachal Pradesh and transport these by rail to Chennai, from where it was shipped to Myanmar and Malaysia, and then to European countries. Three Malaysians, namely Ibrahim, Rehman and Akbar, have been identified as the end recipients of these narcotics,” the police said.

The SSP said fake bills drawn on fictitious firms showing delivery of pharmaceutical medicines prepared from pseudoephedrine were also found from the possession of the persons arrested.

“Mani was the contact person for the Malaysians to procure and ship these narcotics to Malaysia. Walte, a Myanmar national, has also been identified as the end recipient of the drug consignments and his contact person in India was Cerboih alias Cherry,” the SSP added.

The police have also seized computerised weighing machines and packing material. The SSP said they were coordinating with other states such as Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi and Tamil Nadu, while liaison was being done with the Malaysian police by the intelligence wing at the Punjab police headquarters.

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