Delhi Police special cell has arrested four key members of an international narcotic drug cartel. The accused have been identified as Surender Singh, Balwinder Singh, Micheal Chinedu Chukwudi from Nigeria and Catherine Leonard Mrope a Tanzanian National he presently residing at Sector 38, Gurgaon.
About 4 kilograms of heroin were recovered from the drug suppliers. Several mobile handsets along with SIM cards used in drug trafficking have also been recovered. The police also recovered a car. Police said that the international value of recovered heroin is over Rs 16 crores.
The accused were under watch for last few months. Investigations revealed that the heroin was brought by the African nationals and are supplied to Punjab and Delhi-NCR.
On July 30, the police received information that two persons Balwinder Singh and Surender Singh came to Delhi and had procured a big consignment of heroin from African nationals from Dwarka. The police got information that both Bindar and Surender were to supply herion near Rohini jail. Acting on the information, the police laid a trap near the petrol pump and arrested the duo.
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ACCUSED PART OF INTERNATIONAL DRUG SYNDICATE
The accused disclosed that they were part of a massive international narcotic syndicate. They told the police that they used to supply heroin to various persons of Punjab and Delhi-NCR. Both disclosed that they used to get supply of heroin from persons of African origin in Pochanpur, Dwarka area. They also told that they had received consignment of 3 kg heroin from the African nationals.
They also told that these suppliers have taken two-three flats in Pochanpur and one house in Sector-38 Gurgaon, Haryana on rent, where they used to keep heroin.
The police formed two teams conducted simultaneous raids at both the hideouts in Dwarka and Gurgaon. During this operation, the main kingpin of this cartel namely Micheal Chinedu Chukwudi was arrested from his rented house in Gurgaon and one kg heroin was recovered from him. Two passports were also recovered from his house.
In the other raid at other rented house of said Nigerian, two more passports from Tanzania and South Africa having photographs of his wife Catherine Leonard Mrope were recovered.
FAKE PASSPORTS RECOVERED
Fake passport of South Africa was also having stickers of fake visa of India and fake immigration stamps. Catherine Leonard Mrope was also arrested for illegally staying in India and for forgery and possession of fake passport and other incriminating documents.
Both the above foreigners were interrogated in detail, during which Micheal Chinedu Chukwudi disclosed that he has been supplying heroin to various drugs supplier of Punjab including Balwinder and Surender for last six months.
He disclosed that he used to get the supply of heroin from another Nigerian. He told that the fake passport of South Africa was forged by him because his Nigerian passport had expired and he had to shift to Gurgaon a week ago.
Police said that the fake passports and visa stickers were prepared with master perfection. Investigation to identify other persons indulging in preparation of these forged passport and Visa stickers is underway.
DRUGS SMUGGLED INSIDE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
He also told that his African friends had contacts in Pakistan and Afghanistan, who used to send heroin to him through couriers. He also told that secret cavities carved inside suitcases, bags, household items are being used to safely smuggle narcotics to India.
Balwinder Singh has been indulging in supply of heroin for the last 15 years. He was arrested in 2007 under the NDPS Act in Sultanpur Lodhi, Punjab. In 2015, he was arrested in two more cases of NDPS Act. Surender Singh has been working with Balwinder Singh for over a year.
Surender came in contact with Balwinder Singh two years ago. He discussed his financial problem with Balwinder who lured him to work with him. Police said that Surender got about Rs. 50,000 per trip to Delhi and back.