NEW DELHI: A man has been arrested for allegedly trafficking cocaine, disguised as rolls of thread, after a controlled delivery operation from Delhi. The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) also seized 670 grams of the drug, worth around Rs 4 crore. The contraband was allegedly sourced from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The NCB has launched a manhunt for other members of this syndicate. Deputy director KPS Malhotra claimed that the distribution network of this cartel is under an exhaustive probe as it has links with high-profile users from Bollywood.
The contraband parcel was seized during examination of import customs. It was declared as an sample for tailoring material but the drugs were found hidden under the layers of thread.
“DG, NCB Rakesh Asthana then issued a controlled delivery orders for the parcel to unearth the syndicate,” Malhotra added. The parcel delivery was kept alive but the drugs were replaced by a dummy package.
“After the KYC of the consignee was completed, our team apprehended the man from Vasai, Mumbai. The network unravelled after he was interrogated,” said the deputy director.
The bureau claimed that the accused, S Ghangale, is associated with several high-profile drug traffickers of Mumbai. “DJs and party organisers, who are connected to the party circles of Mumbai, are also part of the network. Ghangale has been taken on transit remand and will be produced in a court in Delhi,” said Malhotra.

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