Five smugglers held with 180 kg ganja

Around 180 kilograms of ganja, worth Rs 45 lakh, was seized and four smugglers were apprehended from Barapullah elevated corridor, police said.

The drugs, allegedly transported from Odisha and Chattisgarh’s tribal areas, were purportedly meant for Nithari village pradhan’s son, said police.

“A trap was laid and a Mahindra XUV - CG10X 662 - was ntercepted Barapullah elevated corridor. The accused have been identifed as Nitesh Ekka, Virender Kumar Shakyavar, Sanjay Chauhan, Sharif Khan and Mohammad Muslim. They hail from Chhattisgarh,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (crime) Ravindra Yadav.

Four members were caught in the car with 180 kg of ganja concealed behind the rear seats. Mohammad Muslim was caught from Chhattisgarh after the four confessed and disclosed their modus operandi.

“The four men confessed that they had been transporting ganja from Odisha to Delhi and NCR for past one year. They disclosed that Mohammad procures ganja from the tribal areas of Odisha and Chhattisgarh. He also provided SUVs to transport the drugs to the son of Nithari village’s pradhan,” Yadav added.

Virender used to sell ganja in small quantities to different buyers.

Mohammad revealed that he procured ganja at cheap rates from Odisha’s Malkangiri district.
“He earned a profit of about Rs 2000 per kg,” Yadav said.

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