Delhi Police busted an inter-state drug cartel by arresting two people and seizing over 540 kg of Ganja (Cannabis) worth Rs 1.5 crore from them, hidden in specially-modified trucks, police said here on Wednesday.
According to Special Cell DCP Pramod Singh Kushwah, the said cartel was involved in supplying large amount of drugs and illicit liquor in the Delhi and NCR region.
The accused, identified as Akbar Khan and Mantu Singh, were apprehended on February 1, while they were travelling from Odisha to Delhi, with the huge consignment, he said.
Their truck, which was under the decoy of a ‘Dak Parcel’ van, was intercepted near the Delhi Faridabad border at Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area on Mathura Road. The DCP further said a trap was laid by the Special Cell team of New Delhi Range, led by Inspector Kailash Singh Bisht, and under the supervision of ACP Special Cell NDR Govind Sharma.
The accused were taken to the Special Cell Lodhi Colony office, where during sustained interrogation, they revealed about a Special Cavity, hidden behind driver’s cabin in the truck.
Police unearthed big plastic bags from the cavity, containing around 540.75 kg Cannabis.
Akbar, a native of Chatta Mathura and currently living in Faridabad, Haryana, revealed that he was in this illegal trade since a long time, while Mantu, hailing from Siyanwak village in Bhagela of Bihar and Sunny, also from Bihar, were his accomplices.
He said the seized contraband was procured from one Dada near Brahmpura (Odisha), and had to be delivered to the handlers in Delhi.
Mr Kushwah said the accused have been booked under Section 50 of the NDPS Act, while further probe was underway to arrest the remaining associates of the cartel.