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Wednesday, 29 July 2020

4 Iraqis, 1 Uzbek held for drug smuggling

Sanjay Yadav

Gurugram, July 28

In a night-long joint operation with the Drug Control Department, the CM Flying Squad conducted two raids in the city and busted an international drugs (medicine) smuggling racket.

The five accused — four Iraqi men and an Uzbek women — were caught black marketing and trying to smuggle a huge consignment of psychotropic, narcotic and cancer and Covid-treatment drugs to Iraq through students.

The police have seized medicines worth Rs 45 lakh and Rs 75 lakh cash from the spot. None of the accused has been able to produce any valid visa or drug licence.

They have been booked in separate FIRs under the NDPS Act, Drugs and Cosmetics Act and relevant Sections of the IPC at Sadar and Sector 56 police stations.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that they were planning to ship the medicines overseas through the special flights being run under Vande Bharat Mission.

DSP Flying Squad Inderjeet Yadav told The Tribune that the five accused, who were nabbed from two different locations, were in police remand. “These were late-night raids and we are still interrogating the accused about the cartel, nexus and suppliers,” said Yadav.

According to the state Drug Control Department, acting on a tip-off, two raids were conducted by a joint team of CM Flying Squad and CIA officials at two residential premises — Aloha Gurgaon Group Housing, Sector 57, and Sector 47, Gurugram.

In Sector 57, two Iraqi nationals were nabbed with huge amounts of medical intoxicating drugs and cancer medicines worth Rs 30 lakh and cash Rs 35 lakh. Aws Raad Nealmah Al-Hendi and Akram Faiz were arrested and had no valid drug licence or sale purchase deed or even a prescription.

In the second operation, two Iraqi nationals Mohnnad and Othmana and one Uzbek woman Nilu Far were arrested with Covid treatment drugs from Sector 47.

An investigator revealed that so far, the probe has revealed that they were working as translators or helpers for medical tourists from Iraq, especially cancer patients.

They had successfully been smuggling drugs since 2016 but hit by the Covid pandemic, they had now re-strategised and planned to get students on students’ visa here to carry on with the smuggling.

from The Tribune

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