In a major crackdown, the Bengaluru police have found a laboratory in the outskirts of Bengaluru where synthetic drugs like MDMA was allegedly being processed by a Nigeria national. According to police officials, this is the first time that they have been able to crackdown on a narcotic substance manufacturing unit.
Joint commissioner of Police (crime) Sandeep Patil said that the lab was established in a residential area and they were able to seize drugs worth Rs two crore including 4kg of Methylenedioxy methamphetamine (MDMA) and equipment used to prepare the narcotic substances.
The lab was located in a house rented from an elderly couple in the Chamundi Layout in Electronic City police limits on the outskirts of Bengaluru which is also IT hub.
The police tracked down the lab after following leads on drug parcels couriered to peddlers who have been arrested in recent days. Equipment and chemicals valued at over Rs two crore that was being used to manufacture MDMA crystals have been seized from the lab, the CCB announced Thursday.
The MDMA crystals made in the lab was sent to buyers/peddlers by concealment in the soles of shoes that were couriered, the probe found. The elderly couple whose house was being used for the lab were unaware of the usage of their premises for processing drugs.
While two of them fled from the place, one person named John was arrested. The probe revealed that John came to India in 2018 on business visa but never returned back. He started living in Bengaluru from February. The raw materials to prepare drugs were bought online and other means and were supplying to peddlers at national and international level.
A senior police officer said that they got the tip off based on a WhatsApp message when they had arrested a Nigerian drug peddler in Hennur recently. His mobile phone conversations gave lead to this case. Upon tracking the number, the police found out that John had taken a house for Rs 10,000 rent claiming that he was a student and the owners never knew about their whereabouts.
The officer said, “They used to buy shoes and were cutting the sole of it. They used to fill the drugs inside and were sending it through couriers or speed post. As per probe, it has been revealed that the drugs manufactured in Bengaluru was smuggled to New Zealand.