"The trio were searched and 15 kgs heroin was recovered."
Three men, all from Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district, India were caught and arrested by Delhi police on Monday, December 17, 2018, after they had attempted to transport heroin.
Abdul Rashid, aged 26, Arbaj Mohammad, aged 21 and Mohammad Nazim, aged 22 tried to smuggle 30 kilos of heroin from Manipur to Rajasthan.
The heroin was found to have a value of Rs. 120 crore (£13.5 million), the biggest seizure of the class A drug in Delhi in 2018.
The three men have admitted to their crime but also revealed that they were associated with an international drug cartel.
It was heard that police had received information on December 16, 2018, about Rashid who had collected a large shipment of heroin from Manipur.
A trap was laid and all three men were caught after a police team surrounded them. The men tried to escape but were caught.
Police officers searched the vehicle and found the heroin in specially designed cavities underneath the car footwells. Both the heroin and SUV car which was used by the three men was seized.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Pramod Singh Kushwaha said: “The trio were searched and 15 kgs heroin was recovered.”
Another 15 kilos was found underneath the car footwells.
According to Kushwaha, the vehicle was used for transporting heroin from Manipur to Rajasthan.
It was heard that the drugs were to be supplied for the upcoming Christmas and New Year parties to be held in Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Jaipur and Udaipur.
Kushwaha said: “During interrogation, the accused disclosed that they used to procure heroin from a person in Imphal, Manipur.
“They also revealed that said person is a notorious drug supplier of Imphal.”
The supplier had been transporting large quantities of heroin in containers loaded with betel nuts arriving in India.
It was reported that they receive the drugs from Myanmar and then supplies it to other gang members across the north of India.
The three men also confessed that they had been supplying heroin in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh over the past four years.
Deputy commissioner Kushwaha said: “They have supplied over 200 kg heroin over the last one-year period.
“The special cell has busted six such modules operating from Manipur and recovered more than 95 kg heroin this year.
Rashid came into contact with the drug supplier while he was working as a driver for private transport carriers.
According to police, heroin in Myanmar is comparatively cheap but is of relatively good quality in comparison to the illicit heroin produced in the traditional opium cultivation areas.
Rashid, Mohammad and Nazim are in police custody while police continue to investigate the drugs cartel.