Gang busted, ecstasy gets axed
Druggies all over the world might have to think several times before shelling out money for their favourite drug - Ecstasy - as the Delhi police has axed the supply.india Updated: Aug 24, 2006 18:37 IST
Druggies all over the world, especially in United States and Europe, might have to think several times before shelling out money for their favourite drug - Ecstasy - as the Delhi police has axed the supply line of Ephedrine, the base drug required for manufacturing it.
The drug, originally extracted from Epehdra plant, is found in the deserts of Central Asia but nowadays it is manufactured synthetically under strictly controlled and guarded conditions in Southern and Central India.
Police have arrested one of the kingpins, Gurdish Singh Toor, an Indian national, well settled in Canada and three of his Indian counterparts and has also recovered 100 Kgs of Ephedrine from them. This consignment is valued at over 5 million dollars.
According to sources, the accused have disclosed that another 600 Kgs drug is still lying in one of their warehouses in Punjab and a police team has been dispatched to recover them.
During interrogation, the gang members also revealed that the gang has smuggled out over one and a half ton of the drugs to Europe and America in the last three months.
According to sources, the gang has been in the business of smuggling out Ephedrine, the base component for manufacturing Ecstasy, for more than two and a half years now.
First Published: Aug 23, 2006 17:16 IST