NCB seizes Cocaine from Ethiopia worth 4 crores, one arrested

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In what can be called as filmy style undercover operation, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) sleuths on Saturday arrested a person from Mumbai and seized cocaine worth about Rs 4 crore weighing 670 grams.

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According to the NCB Deputy Director (operations) KPS Malhotra, the contraband concealed in a parcel containing tailoring material or thread rolls has arrived in Delhi from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia early this month. The federal agents conducted a “controlled delivery” operation and later arrested the consignee of the parcel, S Ghangale, a resident of Vasai area in Mumbai.

The controlled delivery mechanism empowers NCB to keep the parcel delivery alive, even after seizing the contraband and replacing the same with a dummy parcel. Under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, the NCB Director-General is authorised to order a controlled delivery operation to unravel all layers of a drugs cartel or syndicate.

NCB Director General Rakesh Asthana had issued the order for controlled delivery, in this case, Malhotra said adding that upon investigations, the arrested man has a large network of high-profile drug traffickers in Mumbai under the garb of realtors. “The network also includes some DJs and party organisers who have few high-profile clients with them”, Malhotra said adding that the man has been taken on transit remand and will be produced before a court in Delhi.

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