International drug racket busted in Bengaluru, Amazon packaging used to ship drugs

Prime News, National (Bengaluru), November 30:-  The Bengaluru Police have busted an international drug trafficking ring allegedly operating from Canada via the dark web and arrested two peddlers on Friday. Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao said that the drugs were being shipped using Amazon’s packaging cover. The Central Crime Branch, which busted the racket has recovered 2.75 kg of marijuana, 100 e-cigarettes, hash oil, chocolates and jelly laced with ganja worth over Rs 1 crore.

The CCB sleuths arrested a graduate in computer application – Atif Salim (25), who allegedly began the drug trafficking operation seven months ago, along with his associate Rohith Das (26). Both are natives of Kolkata and had been living in the city for a few years. The arrest was made on Thursday after which details of the shipment were obtained by the police

The CCB sleuths had received a tip a few months ago that shipments of drugs worth lakhs were coming into Bengaluru through the Kempegowda International Airport. According to the police, Atif Salim had contacted a drug peddler on the dark web through a messaging app Wickr Me. The drug peddler, police say, is from Canada and the information was obtained after the police questioned Atif.

“The drugs were packaged in milk powder cans and shipped. They were put inside a bag that conceals the items inside and the scanners pick up only the shape of the bag, which would look like folded clothes or some such thing. The police have recovered 14 milk powder cans from the which had the marijuana concealed in them,” Bhaskar Rao said.

Three packets of ganja-laced chocolate and jelly have been recovered along with hashish oil canisters that were to be used in 100 e-cigarettes. 900 ml of hashish oil was seized.

Atif used to deliver drugs to peddlers and clients in Mumbai and Delhi through a courier that used packaging material that looked like it was from e-commerce site Amazon. “We are trying to find out how he got access to Amazon’s packaging material. He would use this packaging and this would not raise suspicion. The shipment that came in with Amazon packaging as well. The product they were selling is called hydro and each gram of it would sell for Rs 4,000,” CCB Chief Sandeep Patil said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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