Drugs found in Speed Post point to new trend

A seizure made by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) from a Speed Post package has revealed a new trend in the supply of drugs in the country.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: May 18, 2013 1:46 am

A seizure made by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) from a Speed Post package has revealed a new trend in the supply of drugs in the country. A recovery was made by NCB on Thursday in which 9.275 kilograms of pseudoepedrine from the Speed Post package was seized. The seizure is worth Rs 10 lakh in the international market,as per the NCB.

“It is for the first time that we have seized a pseudoepedrine contraband which was being sent from Punjab to Mumbai. Usually it is the other way round,” said the NCB,Chandigarh Superintendent,Nirbhay Singh.

Singh added,“Most of the production of pseudoepedrine takes place in the southern part of the country. This drug is usually supplied from Mumbai to various parts of Punjab,Haryana,Himachal Pradesh etc for production of medicines”.

Pseudoepedrine is usually used for manufacture of medicines for nasal infections. “Pseudoepedrine is a crude form of drug. Usually used as a cure for nasal infections,the drug can be misused by making certain derivatives which are used in rave parties. These derivatives have a high selling price in the international market,” Singh told Newsline.

Meanwhile,the “sender” address mentioned on the Speed Post package which was dispatched from Mohali Phase II was found to be false. “NCB officials went to verify the address. The team met an elderly retired couple but the address given by the accused is false,” Singh said.

When asked about the recipient’s address,Nirbhay Singh said,“Since the contraband was to be delivered in Mumbai,the NCB Mumbai office has been informed and they will be verifying the address given on the Speed Post package”.

Explaining the modus operandi of the drug smugglers,Singh said,“Usually both the addresses given on the package are wrong. The sender and the recipient keep track of the parcels through internet. When the parcel reached the destination city,the accused collects the package himself from the post office or the courier service”.

The Chandigarh Police Crime Branch had also arrested six persons who were allegedly involved in the illegal sale and purchase of tablets of Pseudoepedrine on March 19. Police had recovered 15 lakh tablets weighing 176 kilograms along with cash of Rs 2.31 crore.

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