Role of more people suspected in drug racket after IAF Wg Cdr arrest

PTIUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:14 PM IST
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New Delhi/Hyderabad’ : Investigators probing the Rs 230 crore worth international drug racket in which a Wing Commander of the IAF was arrested hinted at the role of a few more individuals who may be soon questioned and they could include few defence officials.

Officials said Wing Commander G Rajasekhar Reddy was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in coordination with Nanded Police in Maharashtra on Monday and brought to Hyderabad on Wednesday, based on investigations after an international drug racket was unearthed in that city two days back.

They said Reddy, posted at the Information Technology wing at the Air Headquarters in Delhi, was the alleged “kingpin” of the racket and his purported involvement surfaced after the questioning of the other arrested accused in Hyderabad.

The NCB had on Monday seized 231 kg of the banned narcotic drug amphetamine and has estimated the value of the drugs as being worth about Rs 230 crore in the international market (Rs 45 crore in domestic). It had been seized from Hyderabad and Bengaluru and three persons including a research scientist Venkat Rama Rao and his wife were arrested.

“Reddy has been booked under Sections- 22(C) (Possession of manufactured drugs in commercial quantity), 27-A(Financing of drugs offences), 28(Attempt to trafficking) and 29 (conspiracy) of the Narcotic Drugs and P Physchotropic Substances Act and remanded to judicial custody,” the NCB said.      The agency said Rs 7.5 lakh in cash, five mobiles, multiple SIM cards and a laptop were recovered from him during the arrest when he was boarding a bus to Goa from Nanded.

The NCB further said its investigations, under its zonal office in Chennai, has found him “to be in contact with many known drug traffickers of Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai.–PTI

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