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Drugs ring busted,6 held

Tablets of pseudoephedrine worth Rs 12 crore and Rs 2.31 crore in cash seized.

Tablets of pseudoephedrine worth Rs 12 crore and Rs 2.31 crore in cash seized.

The UT Police has arrested six members of a narco-smuggling gang involved in illegal sale and purchase of tablets of pseudoephedrine,a drug used in nasal infections — the sale of this particular drug is banned in India as it can be misused as a narcotic. The police have recovered 15 lakh tablets weighing 176 kilogrammes along with Rs 2.31 crore in cash. The total cost of the tablets is estimated to be Rs 12 crore.

The accused,who were arrested on Sunday night,were remanded in five-day police custody by a local court on Monday.

During the preliminary investigations,the accused disclosed that the consignment of tablets was to be sent to Burma and China. SSP (Operations) R S Ghumman said,“The accused have revealed that they had sent a similar consignment to China and Burma on a previous occasion as well. The remaining details will be revealed in further investigation.”

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One of the accused,Karan Kakkar,a resident of Sector 15,was stopped by a team of Crime Branch of the UT Police near Manimajra powerhouse at 10 pm on Sunday. He was in his XUV and was coming from Kishangarh village. “It was a naka meant to check the increasing snatching cases in the city,” said DSP (Crime) Satbir Singh.

The DSP added that Karan was accompanied by Chanchal Nag alias Ranbir,a resident of Guwahati. On checking the vehicle which belonged to Karan,a country-made pistol (0.32 bore) and two live cartridges were recovered from Nag.

Besides,UT Police officials recovered three plastic bags filled with tablets. “The three plastic bags were found in the footrest of the driver’s adjoining seat (60.6 kg) and two other plastic bags were kept on the footrest of the rear seat (55.98 kg and 60.29 kg). On asking for a licence for the tablets,the two accused in the car failed to produce it,” said DSP Satbir Singh.

“The tables are usually processed and are used to extract heroin,” said SSP Ghumman. The tablets were examined at the spot with the help of Narcotics Detection Kit and presence of pseudoephedrine drug was found positive therein.

Ghumman said Karan owned a pharmaceutical factory in Industrial Area,Phase II,Chandigarh.

The consignment was to be delivered near Fun Republic to four people: Zosanga,Sangchhunga,Lalnuhiua and Devitthag,all residents of Mizoram. “These four used to buy the consignment at the price of Rs 4 per tablet. These tablets were then smuggled to Burma and China and were sold there at a price of Rs 8 per tablet. The four accused arrested from Manimajra were carrying Rs 2.31 crore in cash,”

The accused were were booked under various sections of the NDPS Act.

‘Not used for synthesis of heroin’

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A SENIOR officer at the Narcotics Control Bureau said,“The drug is sold at the amount of Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,500 per kg as per the standards by the Government of India. According to our information,this drug is smuggled for a price 10 times the government cost. The drug is not used for synthesis of heroin but is used in the forms of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine itself. We have received the consignment from police and will conduct a raid at Karan’s factory only if it is necessary,as per further investigation.”