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Rs. 2,500 crore worth heroin seized near Delhi

New Delhi: The Delhi Police seized the largest heroin haul ever when they discovered 354 kg of drugs worth more than Rs. 2,500 crore at a house in Faridabad, which brought to light a massive international drug racket spread across Afghanistan, Europe and parts of India.

Four people have been arrested till now and officials are investigating a narco-terrorism angle in the case.

“The police have arrested an Afghani national, Hazrat Ali, a resident of Kashmir’s Anantnag, Rizwan Ahmad, and Gurjot Singh and Gurdeep Singh from Punjab’s Jalandhar. This racket is spread across Afghanistan, Europe and several parts of India,” said Special Commissioner of Delhi Police Special Cell Neeraj Thakur.

More than 100 kg of chemicals used for the heroin were also seized by the police. The overall international value of the drugs has been pegged at more than Rs. 2,500 crore and the haul was intended to be sent to Punjab.

During investigation, the police found that an operation was being run under which drugs from Afghanistan — hidden in sack bags and cartons — were being smuggled through Iran’s Chabahar port into Maharashtra’s Mumbai via Jawahar Lal Nehru port.

“The drugs were then sent for processing to a factory near Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh and the heroin was prepared with the help of experts in Afghanistan. Following this, the drugs were sold in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir among other states,” the official said.

The accused arrested from Punjab informed the police that the mastermind behind the drug racket, Navpreet Singh, has been operating from Portugal.

“It was also found that some of the funds for the racket were coming from Pakistan… we can’t rule this out and will investigate this angle as well,” Thakur said.

Heroin weighing 283 kg and pegged at approximately Rs. 2,000 crore in the international market, being smuggled into Mumbai from Iran by sea, was also seized by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence earlier this week.

Last month, the Narcotics Control Bureau in Delhi busted an international drug trafficking syndicate with the arrest of eight people and seizure of 22 lakh psychotropic tablets and at least 245 kg of similar drugs that were being allegedly peddled over the darknet.

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