MP: New channel of drug smuggling from W Bengal exposed, 3 held with opium powder worth Rs 1 crore

Bhopal: In a breakthrough, the Special Task Force (STF) Bhopal has confiscated massive consignment of opium on Monday and arrested three drug traffickers who used to bring drugs from West Bengal to sell in Madhya Pradesh.

The accused are involved in drug trafficking for long. Police have found that the route from West Bengal is new channel which has been used by drug peddlers.

The value of the seized drug is stated to be about Rs 1 crore in the international market. The STF took the action after receiving a tip off regarding three persons carrying opium powder at Nadra bus stand.

Had sold the drugs to peddlers in Rajasthan, Delhi, UP and Bihar

The police laid a trap and nabbed three from Nadra bus stand on late Monday evening. The accused had brought the powder from Malda of West Bengal and were waiting for local peddler to sell the contraband. The trio confessed to have sold the drugs to peddlers in Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. STF is on the lookout to trace the entire chain of peddlers in the state as well as other parts of the country.

The nabbed suspects were identified as Deepak Lodha (24), Ahmed Hussain alias Naaru (32) and Nahar Sayeed (26). Deepak is a resident of Ratlam while Ahmed and Nahar are residents of Mandsaur.

After the initial investigation, the three have been booked under NDPS Act and further investigation has been started. The source of the drugs and their scheduled delivery to the customer in the city and nearby areas would be probed.

During the investigation nabbed accused confessed that they used to bring drugs from Malda district of West Bengal and would sell in Mandsaur, Neemuch and Chittorgarh of Rajasthan and nearby areas and visited the state capital in search of new customers for selling the drugs.