Inter-state ganja trade thriving as smugglers switch modus operandi

Kingpin uses women for trafficking illegal substance as they can not be arrested after sunset.

New Delhi: The racket of cannabis, which seems to be stretching its legs in different states, has been running in an organised pattern. After the recent bust of a Ganja racket, the South East Delhi Police have found that the racket has a long chain as large amount of money is involved in this illegal trade.
The investigators of Delhi Police involved in several drug racket bust told Millennium Post that the racket can have more than 15 carriers hailing from different states who carry the illegal cannabis to the national Capital.
"The main kingpin of the gang dealing in cannabis does not carry Ganja with him so that he could not get caught. The kingpin travels by airplane to meet his supplier who is based in the forested areas of different states. The kingpin put the life of carriers at risk by making them travel through road. Earlier they used trains for trafficking but due to police pressure, now they move through roads," said the investigators.
Police sources claimed that the kingpin most of the time deals in hard cash and also direct the associates on phone calls. "Accused always spot those areas in India like Andhra Pradesh, Odisha where cannabis is grown illegally and most of the areas are forested and Naxalite affected with very less population. Before any supply of big consignment of illegal cannabis, the kingpin reach the forested areas first and then make sure that he wins the trust of the supplier," the police said.
"The supplier also sometimes finds himself at risk before supplying the big consignment to the kingpin as they think that police can trace them so that's why kingpin assure him that the racket will not be caught," said a police source adding that during every illegal activity the kingpin keeps a tab on every single movement from supply to reach but never comes forward and also sometimes the carriers are unknown about the main person.
One such racket was busted in 2015 when M Harshavardhan currently Additional DCP in South East Delhi was ACP Dabri. Harshavardhan's team busted more than 500 KG of Ganja and his team comprising several women personnel had carried out a successful operation to nab one woman drug trafficker in the same year.
The special staff of South East Delhi Police has nabbed four persons including women involved in trafficking. According to police, the accused smartly through sale cannabis using women after sunset as they cannot be arrested. During thorough interrogation, the police came to know that the accused used children for the illegal activities. South East Delhi Police have identified few places where the illegal activity is going on, including Taimur Nagar, Ambedkar Nagar area. For selling on the street, the traffickers always keep less than five kg of Ganja with them to easily hide the substance.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-East) Romil Baaniya stated that they were questioning the accused in the case and some facts have come out which is been investigated. "We are taking several steps to curb crime in South East Delhi," said DCP.
Under NDPS act, Delhi Police registered 277 cases in 2015, 297 cases in 2016 and 303 cases in 2017 whereas 354 persons were arrested in 2015, more than 380 persons were arrested in 2016 and till October 31 more than 390 accused were nabbed by police. Police are also probing whether the shops in the name of grocery have been selling illegal substance in South East Delhi.

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