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U.S. national among ‘party drug’ cartel caught in India

International cartel busted with biggest haul of psychotropic drugs meant for sale in U.S.,Canada.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published: October 25, 2011 11:01:43 am

An American national is among 10 arrested in connection with the biggest haul of psychotropic drugs and substance meant for sale in the U.S. and Canada.

The Delhi Zone of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence carried out nationwide raids including those in a pharmaceuticals factory in Baddi in Himachal Pradesh where psychotropic drugs including ketamine were seized. The seized substance is popularly called ‘party drug’.

The US national identified as Firdaus was arrested from a five star hotel in Mumbai. He was brought to Delhi on Monday evening along with another contact in Mumbai. The DRI also carried out raids in Mumbai from where large amount of foreign and Indian currencies were seized. The sleuths also claimed to have arrested Firdaus’ contact in Delhi,identified as Virender Kumar.

Along with the three,the investigators have also identified the private courier company officials who used to ship these drugs to US destination. “We have arrested the courier company officials who were part of this international drug cartel. Their remand will be taken to nab the other culprits,” said a DRI official. The agency said the accused used to purchase the banned drugs from pharma companies in Himachal and then brought them to Delhi.

The consignment was then packed and labelled ‘Aloe Vera’ and shipped to foreign destinations. The investigations have also revealed the international cartel was operating from the last few years and were on the radar of international drug enforcement agencies. Agency officials were tight-lipped about the entire operation but said the value of banned drugs seized could be worth several crores.

The agency has registered a case under the NDPS and Customs Acts. “We are also probing the role of customs and health department officials. The probe to establish the excess quantity of ketamine and other drugs manufactured by the companies is on,” the DRI official said.

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