A team of Special Cell led by Inspectors Umesh Barthwal, Bhushan Kumar Azad and Vikram Dahiya arrested Jehangir Ahmad Bhat of Sri Nagar, J&K, 41, Gorbachan Singh of Tilak Nagar, Delhi, 40, and Mumtaj alias Hazi Malam of Niyarakar, Afganistan, 70 and K Iheanyi alias Boo, a permanent resident of IMO State, Nigeria presently residing near Delite Public School, Delhi.
A total of 29 kg of fine quality heroine was recovered from them. With these arrests, the Special Cell has busted the entire network of international Narco-syndicate originating from Afghanistan and terminating in Europe through Nigerian smugglers with its trail through Pakistan, J&K and Delhi as a transit point. A case under section 21/29 NDPS Act has been registered with Special Cell in this regard.
In its pursuit to contain and bust international networks of narcotics syndicate, the Special Cell for the last few years worked upon different modules of trans-national drug cartels which use Delhi as a transit point for trafficking. During these years Special Cell has made sizeable recoveries with arrest of several smugglers from different countries. An information was received that persons of Kashmir origin have been visiting Delhi and supplying consignments of Heroin to persons of Afghan origin who had migrated to India. The information had further disclosed that these consignments are then further routed through some Nigerians and Afghan nationals. Technical and human intelligence was mounted to extract more information and develop sources.
On March 26, acting upon a tip-off, Jehangir was apprehended from Paschim Vihar, Delhi and 11 kg of fine quality of heroine was recovered from his possession. He disclosed that the recovered heroin was given by one Kashmiri to be delivered to one Gorbachan in Delhi. He also disclosed that he had earlier also supplied consignments of heroin to Gorbachan. He revealed the name of his suppliers who are big time suppliers of North Kashmir.
On March 29 Gorbachan Singh was apprehended from Vikas Puri, Delhi and 1 kg of heroine was recovered from his possession. With his arrest the modus operandi of the syndicate was unearthed. The consignments were being delivered to an Afghan national in Delhi who further delivered it to some Nigerians nationals based in Delhi, who finally smuggle it out of India to Europe and other parts of the globe.
The entire nexus was unearthed with the arrest of Mumtaj on March 31. He revealed that he received directions from Pakistan and Afghanistan to receive heroin in India and to deliver the same to some specific persons. His passport detail shows his travel to Pakistan prior to coming to India. He revealed that he had supplied a huge consignment to one Nigerian on the direction of one person Azlam who is based in Pakistan. He also revealed that this heroin is manufactured in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in a factory owned by one Afghan national and later shipped to Pakistan to one Azlan who finally pushes the consignment of heroin to J&K.
During ongoing operation on April 6, the receiver of heroin Nnadi was arrested from Najafgarh Road, Nangli, Delhi, and another 1 kg of heroin was recovered from his possession. Another 15 kgs of heroin was recovered from his room in Nawada Housing complex, Dwarka, Delhi. He disclosed that he is working for an international syndicate operated by some Nigerian nationals and procures drugs from suppliers in India suppliers in Delhi and smuggles the same to Europe and Middle East through their conduits. They pack the heroin in capsules and those capsule are somehow inserted into the stomach and smuggled to abroad. Nnadi was previously arrested by NCB, Delhi in 2017 and convicted for 7 years. He came out of prison in 2014 and rejoined in this narco-syndicate.
They are so clever that they used to delete their Viber accounts once the deal was accomplished so as to avoid any data leak in case of apprehension. During investigation the involvement of smugglers of Tangdhar and Kupwara in North Kashmir has engaged in this cross-border smuggling.