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Indian arrested for biggest heroin seizure in UK

30-yr-old Harminder Chana was among the three nabbed by UK police in connection with the biggest seizure of heroin worth 15 to 20 million pounds.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, London
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2008 11:07 AM IST

An Indian was among three persons nabbed by the British police in connection with the biggest ever seizure of heroin worth 15 to 20 million pounds, police said on Sunday.

The Indian man was identified as 30-year old Harminder Chana, who was taken into custody by the Metropolitan police. Apart from Chana, Pakistani-origin Atif Khan (31) and Dutchman Patrick Kuster (35) were arrested over the seizure of 350 kgs of heroin valued at 15 to 20 million pounds.

The specialist crime central task force seized the huge quantity heroin from two cars at a motorway service station in Kent on Thursday.

Chana and Kuster were arrested in the motorway service station, while Khan was taken into custody in Ilford in east London.

Officers saw the Dutchman transferring cardboard boxes from a BMW into another car in a parking lot off a highway southeast of London on Thursday.

Police found ten more boxes full of heroin inside the BMW. They seized a total of 350 kgs in the bust.

Detective chief inspector Peter Beyer said "this is one of the largest ever seizures of heroin by police in the UK. We've severely disrupted a highly organised criminal network engaged in the widescale importation and distribution of class A drugs."

The three men will be produced before a court on Monday.

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