Friday, December 30, 2011

Indian cops bust drug ring with KL links

CHENNAI: Indian intelligence has smashed an interstate gang trying to smuggle out Ephedrine from a pharmaceutical factory in Hyderabad, allegedly to be trafficked into Malaysia for New Year parties.

During the Monday midnight raid, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) detectives detained four suspects and seized 4,100kg of Ephedrine, or “party drug”, in the Hyderabad factory, bordering Andhra Pradesh state.

“A gang in Chennai had contacted another gang in Hyderabad to supply these drugs. They wanted to smuggle them to Malaysia.

“One of the four suspects arrested is already wanted for previous ketamine smuggling to Malaysia,” C. Rajan, Chennai DRI additional director-general, said yesterday.

The value of Ephedrine and other chemicals used to produce illicit drugs seized was estimated at nearly RM10 million on the international market, said the DRI.

Drug peddlers from Hyderabad and Chennai, all in their 40s, were picked up during the past week in a well-orchestrated raid.

DRI suspects the factory could have been a major source of illicit drugs in the past.

“It is a licensed pharmaceutical factory, but much of the Ephedrine found there was not accounted for.

“We believe some quantities were also smuggled out before,” said Rajan.

The arrests dealt a crippling blow to the drug trade in south India, as the gang could possibly be a major conduit for narcotic buyers in Southeast Asian markets. - NST

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