Drug peddling in the tricity is following the corporate business model, if police are to be believed. A drug peddler arrested recently by the crime branch has revealed that he worked for a salary of Rs 15,000 for a Panchkula-based supplier.
The police said youths were being hired to deliver drugs at the doorstep of customers, who would pay more for the service. Also, by doing so, the main suppliers minimise their chances of being caught with drugs.
Police arrested Amit Kumar alias Lucky, 29, a resident of Manimajra, was arrested for carrying 7-gm heroin. During interrogation, he revealed that he was working as an employee at a salary of Rs 15,000 for a Panchkula-based supplier, who had hired three more youths on salary basis for supplying drugs in the tricity.
Police said the supplier, whose name the police didn’t reveal, would hand over 10gm heroin to each of his employees, who would then supply the same to the customers in their respective areas.
Lucky also revealed that the kingpin was procuring drugs in large quantity from Jalandhar. Police said they were trying to establish the authenticity of what the accused had revealed. Efforts were on to trace the people who Lucky had identified as supplier, peddlers and customers, the police said.
Police were looking for the Panchkula-based drug supplier. Crime branch incharge inspector Gurmukh Singh said, “The accused was arrested from near the railway lightpoint in Manimajra last week and he has given various leads about corporate model of drug business in the tricity. Arrests of people whose names have been revealed by the accused are likely.”
The crime branch had registered 40 NDPS cases in 2015 and arrested a number of drug peddlers, including two Nigerian nationals to curb the menace in city. The crime branch claimed that the drive against drug supply would be continued.