An Indian Air Force (IAF) officer and a Bengaluru based scientist arrested for alleged links with international drug racket. After the Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) officials raided in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai, a major amphetamine drug ring was busted.
They seized around 220 kg of ready-to-use amphetamine worth Rs 230 crore. The IAF commander, Rajasekhar Reddy was arrested on yesterday on his way to Goa from Hyderabad in Nanded, Maharashtra. NCB found five mobile phones, allegedly incriminating documents and over Rs 7lakh cash from him.
The Air Force Officer believed to be one of the main drug suppliers in the racket to make and deliver amphetamine.
Both the NCB and the Air Force Intelligence Wing have traced him for weeks. Reddy posted in the Directorate in the Information Technology in Delhi.
The amphetamine drugs were trafficked to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
According to sources, the Bengaluru based research scientist, Venkat Rama Rao and his wife were the main members of the syndicate. Rao and Reddy were classmates and they restarted their negotiations when the IAF officer posted in Bengaluru for about five years ago.
Reddy then posted in Delhi and every weekend he travelled to Hyderabad to hand over drugs to other suppliers. Rao travelled to Hyderabad from Begaluru to collect the drug for further trafficking to other South Indian cities. NCB raided Venkat’s house in Bengaluru and they seized almost Rs 1.25 crore.
The drug network was operating from a leased lab in Hyderabad and they were looking for a permanent lab.
Zonal Director of the Chennai Zonal Unit of the NCB, Prem Anand Sinha released a statement which said that the raids were conducted after they seized 5.15kg of methamphetamine at Chennai’s Koyembedu bus depot in which an accused B V Jeevan Kumar was arrested. The statement stated that Kumar’s confessions on drug racket helped them to track the drug network.