Delhi: Two drug peddlers arrested while transporting Rs 12 crore heroin via Red Corridor

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Delhi: Two drug peddlers arrested while transporting Rs 12 crore heroin via Red Corridor

Police said the syndicate is active in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab Haryana.

Two drug peddlers who used to transport processed heroin have been arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell along with 3 kg highgrade heroin worth more than Rs 12 crore in the international market.

Police said the gang used to procure crude heroin from Maoist-affected areas in Jharkhand and West Bengal. After receiving crude heroin from their suppliers in the two states, they used to prepare pure heroin at their hideouts.

The accused, both hailing from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, have been identified as Asiq Ali (36) from Bareilly and Savej (20) from Saharanpur. Special Cell sleuths learnt that the kingpin of an infamous drug cartel, Riyaz (from bareilly), used to procure drugs from certain people who cultivated opium illegally and processed them into pure form of heroin.

He then transported the drugs in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab through carriers.

During the operation, some of the key members of this cartel, including Asiq and Savej, were identified. They used to deliver the consignments to Delhi for further supplying the same to local as well as interstate drug traffickers and dealers.

On January 10, Savej was arrested from Anand Vihar bus stand. He had come to supply a consignment to a Delhi-based drug dealer. He was nabbed with two kilograms of fine quality heroin.

His interrogation confirmed that the recovered heroin was delivered to him by Asiq, a right-hand man of Riyaz. Ali was later arrested from Bareilly.

On January 10, raids were conducted at Ali’s hideouts and he was nabbed.

One kilogram of heroin along with mobile sets and SIM cards were seized from him.

“Efforts are on to apprehend other members of the drug syndicate. Further investigation is in process,” a senior official said. Poice said licences were issued to certain farmers in Bareilly and Badaun for cultivating opium, but many others indulged in its illegal cultivation since there is huge profit involved.