Afghan among three caught with heroin worth Rs 6 crore

An Afghan and two other members of an international narcotics syndicate were arrested with heroin worth around Rs 6 crore that was smuggled into India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kuwait, police said on Monday.

The arrested persons have been identified as Naseer Ahmed, a native of Jalalabad in Afghanistan, Kabeer MP and Biju P.

The three are part of the Delhi module of the international narcotics syndicate.
Police also recovered Rs 1 lakh in cash from them.

S N Shrivastava, Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), said their teams had been working on neutralising the drug syndicate spread across Kuwait, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

During investigation, teams arrested a few members of the gang.
Their interrogations revealed that the members of the drug syndicate were actively involved in pushing high-quality Afghan heroin into India for local consumption as well as further transmission to South East and West Asian countries.

“It was learnt that the whole syndicate was under the command and control of Kuwait-based kingpins and information available to individual operatives was strictly limited to need-to-know basis,” said Shrivastava.

While monitoring the syndicate, it was informed that an Afghan would meet some south India-based drug dealers for delivery of a drug consignment in south Delhi’s Saket.

Accordingly, a trap was laid and the Afghan was nabbed with his two Indian aides.
“The recovered heroin was kept in a cavity especially crafted in the base of a trolley bag. The trolley bag was being handed over to Kabeer by Ahmed against money that was paid to him by Biju when our team nabbed them,” Shrivastava added.

Ahmed’s interrogation revealed that he initially used to supply ‘match boxes’ to Tajikistan.

He frequently visited Peshawar in connection of his trade and there he met Afzal who roped him in the drug trade by offering handsome commission of 10,000 dollars per consignment successfully delivered in India.

Kabeer told police that he worked in Saudi Arabia between 2000 and 2008.
After returning to India, he met Saifullah who used to collect narcotics from Delhi on the instructions of Kuwait-based handlers. Safiullah, already arrested by Delhi Police, had roped Kabeer in the trade offering a handsome commission. They used to supply narcotics substance in south India.

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