Monday, February 19, 2018

5.2 kg of party drug worth Rs 30 crore seized

Kochi: Claimed to be the biggest ever drug haul in the state, the enforcement and anti-narcotic special squad of the excise department on Saturday seized 5.2 kg of methylenedioxy methamphetamine (MDMA) worth around `30 crore in the international market from Athani near Nedumbassery International Airport.
Palakkad natives Abdul Salam, 34, and Faizal, 35, were arrested while they were en route to hand over the drugs to a person who was waiting at the airport to board a flight to Kuwait.

The special squad arrested the duo after intercepting their car and seizing the drugs concealed in two trolley bags. The drugs had been wrapped using two layers of carbon paper in a bid to evade scanning. “The duo were working as couriers,” said joint excise commissioner P K Manoharan.

“A Keralite by the name of ‘Bhai’ was operating the drug network from Kuwait through WhatsApp and Facebook.

The duo are part of the network. They reached Kochi after collecting the drug from Palakkad railway station as per Bhai’s information. “Though we got information about the Kuwait person, the details will be revealed after collecting crucial evidence.”According to him, the special squad had been tracking the movement of the gang for the past three-four months.“Recently, the Kuwaiti police had arrested a person named Clement of Vypeen. We started tracking his friends and contacts. The information collected helped us to nab the duo,” said assistant excise inspector Sudeep Kumar N P.
19/02/18 New Indian Express