Mumbai The Mumbai area office of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) carried out eight operations in the past two days and seized nearly 10 kg of multiple drugs and psychotropic substances, with an estimated value of ??13 crore on the illicit market. An Ivorian national was arrested by the BCN in connection with the seizures.
The drugs seized, which mainly include amphetamines and opium, were to be smuggled to various destinations in Europe, America, the Gulf countries and Australia via courier packages. A BCN officer said the consignments were smuggled in response to demand for New Year’s celebrations.
Mumbai NCB Zone Manager Sameer Wankhede said his team had carried out eight surgeries in the past two days and raided several premises in Mumbai. “During the operation, approximately 2.296 kg of amphetamine, 3.906 kg of opium, 2.525 kg (over 10,000 tablets) of Zolpidem were seized. Private places, including the offices of some courier service providers, were raided in Andheri, Dongri and other areas, ”Wankhede said.
He added that the seized amphetamine was manufactured in Mumbai, while the opium was believed to be brought from Madhya Pradesh. The cartel, he said, reportedly sent drugs overseas in the past two months, as they were very active during that time. The agency also suspects that the cartel was very organized and sophisticated.
“They used a mod that we haven’t heard of. Racquet members smuggled drugs by cleverly concealing them in cavities of stethoscopes, bicycle helmets, ovens, garden hoses, bracelets, hard drives, and in bundles of merchandise. groceries such as food, corn flakes, snack mixes and other groceries, ”Wankhede said.
NCB’s initial investigation found the drugs were being supplied to meet orders received from Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Dubai, Maldives and other European countries.
“We arrested a certain John Bkayoko, an Ivorian citizen after his role was established. He is the common link in at least three cases. He had booked couriers and was the contact person for foreign cartels in India. False identity cards and two passports were also seized from the foreigner. He would be presented to court on Wednesday for pre-trial detention, ”Wankhede added.