New Delhi: The Delhi police arrested two drug traffickers with 540 kilograms of narcotics, which were sourced from Naxal-hit areas in Jharkhand and Odisha in exchange for liquor in the city.
The Special Cell of Delhi police nabbed two accused who hid the ganja in cavities that were designed to store the narcotics and the containers of the trucks.
Mantu Singh, 37 and Akbar Khan, 32, were detained from Mathura road where the police stopped the truck for inspection. DCP Pramod Khushwaha said the trucks were stopped and during the inspection, the drivers cooperated and opened the containers inside the ‘parcel vehicle’.
But the police busted the duo when the police inquired as to why they were travelling with empty containers from Odisha to the national capital.
“After a thorough search, the trucks were detected to have cavities that held several parcels of drugs. They could be accessed through a trap door behind the driver’s cabin,” said Khushwaha.
A total of 260 packets were recovered that were sealed in a dozen of plastic bags tied loosely with an adhesive tape.
The packets, each of them, contained marijuana-like leaves with seeds weighing 540.8 kgs.
The trucks were equipped with GPS locator. One of the accused, Khan told the police that so far he has transported 30 quintals of drugs in the past 12 years.
For this delivery, they picked up the narcotics from Brahmapura in Odisha to deliver to handlers in Delhi and they would take back liquor to Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha.
After this, another truck with cavity was recovered from Haryana’s Nuh after the culprits’ disclosure. The police are now in the process of tracking down the buyers in Delhi.