Mumbai: Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has busted an interstate cartel involved in banned smuggling codeine based cough syrup (CBCS) arrested and confiscated five persons forbidden An official said on Sunday that its cost is Rs 50 lakh. On the basis of atip-off, NCBHe said the regional unit of Mumbai launched a campaign against the cartel on Friday.
The official said that after continuous monitoring, the NCB identified key members of the syndicate, their roles, functioning, financial trails and various operational details.
According to a release issued by the NCB, the consignment of CBCS was originally being diverted from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and was booked from Mughalsarai in the northern state to Pune on fake addresses and forged documents.
The consignment was being received at Pune railway station and then sent to Mumbai to local smugglers and then to peddlers at various places.
The cartel’s kingpin, who also owns medical shops in Mumbai, allegedly coordinated the entire network in secret and most of the syndicate members were unaware of his name, face and location, the official said. Told.
He said the kingpin allegedly made payments to the Varanasi-based supplier through hawala and deposited cash through his customers to hide his identity.
The NCB seized a consignment of 1,152 CBCS bottles, which were moved from Pune to Mumbai and arrested two persons who had received the consignment.
He said the probe agency also conducted searches at various places in Mumbai and arrested the kingpin from Mahalaxmi area.
NCB officials then stopped another member of the syndicate at Pune railway station when he reached there to collect a consignment from railway cargo and recovered 5,184 bottles.
During on-the-spot interrogation, the accused revealed that another illegal consignment was going to Pune, following which the NCB team seized 3,456 CBCS bottles on Saturday.
An investigation team reached Mughalsarai (Uttar Pradesh) and on Sunday nabbed a person involved in booking illegal consignments at Pune railway station and seized another 3,456 CBCS bottles.
The NCB has seized 13,248 CBCS bottles and arrested five persons during the operation so far, the official said.