Delhi police arrests Delhi based smuggler with NE links

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NEW DELHI, June 7 (MIC) : Delhi Police made one of its biggest drug hauls in recent years while probing the nexus between international drug smugglers and militants. The cops arrested Ram Naresh, a Delhi-based smuggler, with 250kg of Ephedrine and Amphetamine tablets worth over Rs 200 crore. Officials said these drugs are smuggled from Delhi to Myanmar and China via Manipur by conduits based in northeastern states and sold in parties. Proceeds from the sales are used by terrorist outfits to fund their activities. Ram Naresh used to procure the drugs from one Rakesh of `Grand Pharma` in Patiala , officials said. The tablets were kept in 50 polythene packets in 10 wooden boxes and the consignment was supposed to be sent to Guwahati through a transport company in Janakpuri. The accused had kept the boxes at his driver`s house in Dabri area before coming to Delhi by air, where he was intercepted near IGI airport on Saturday, the officials added. Delhi Police had unearthed the nexus in March-April this year when it arrested two suspects — Yaiphaba and Napoleon — and seized 200kg of ephedrine from them. Information about Ram Naresh came to light during interrogation of Napoleon and Yaiphaba. Police traced him near the airport on Saturday around 4.30pm when he got down from an IndiGo Airlines flight. Sources said he had come from Guwahati after a meeting with associates to whom he supplies drugs. His driver Jameel Ansari was waiting for him in his Scorpio and took him to his house at G-1 block in Sitapuri, Dabri. “Jameel unlocked the ground floor of the house and both loaded 10 large white bags in the car and started moving. We stopped them for checking but Ramesh refused to cooperate after which we seized the consignment and arrested him,” said an official. Ramesh was not able to provide a satisfactory reply about the consignment or show any documents, said officials. “Each polypack contained 500gm of small white coloured tablets. When we checked the tablets with the narcotics drug detection kit, the tablets were found to be ephedrine and amphetamine. The total weight of the 10 boxes was 250kg and it is worth Rs 200 crore in international market,” a source said. Sources said Ramesh disclosed that “these tablets were to be sent to Myanmar and China through Guwahati and are used for preparing ecstasy and other drugs for sale in parties. Ephedrine is in high demand in China “. He named his associate in Gurgaon as one Umesh Mehra, who is involved in trafficking of drugs with him for a long time. “He disclosed that he had to send the consignment on Saturday to a Robindro in Manipur,” said the source.

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