150kg of heroin worth ₹900cr seized from defendant’s hideout

On May 2, Republic Media Network uncovered a massive breakthrough in the Shaheen Bagh drug bust investigation. According to sources, Republic TV has learned that drugs recovered from Gujarat Port, Attari Border, Shaheen Bagh in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh appear to be from the same source.

The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) seized another cache of 150 kg of heroin worth Rs 900 crore. The heroin was recovered from the home of a smuggler identified as Haider in Muzaffarnagar. The materials recovered included 50 kg of heroin, Rs 30 lakh in cash, 47 kg of other intoxicants and cash counting machines. Haider was arrested by the Shaheen Bagh Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on April 27. Moreover, the foreign channels of this drug syndicate have been confirmed as it has links to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Dubai and Iran. To date, a total of five people have been arrested in this case, two of whom are Afghan nationals.

Shaheen Bagh drug seizure

On April 29, authorities apprehended two Afghan nationals in connection with the extensive drug trafficking in Delhi. According to NCB officials, the two arrested Afghan nationals, with alleged links to the Taliban, could not converse in Hindi and were arrested after being unable to connect and admit to their handlers. In addition, an Indian national has been charged in this case. The two defendants were presented in court, after which the BCN requested their custody for further investigation. It is pertinent to mention that the police arrested the kingpin of all drug dealing in Jamia Nagar.

In an exclusive chat with Republic Media Network, NCB Deputy Director General (DDG), Gyaneshwar Singh discussed international links to drug trafficking. Singh revealed that the drugs from the Shaheen Bagh bust were shipped from Afghanistan. He also mentioned that the contraband was stored in duffel bags, backpacks and burlap sacks. The heroin seized came from Afghanistan and the money for the drugs is said to have passed through a hawala channel. The illegal shipment contained Flipkart packaging.

In an interview with Republic TV, NCB chief SN Pradhan said, “The bust has links to the recent seizure of Attari and also the seizure of Kandla port by DRI. It’s a mega racket with multiple agents involved. The person who was arrested in connection with the Shaheen Bagh bust has been doing this for a long time and he is part of a larger network,” the agency chief said.

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