IAF officer, Bengaluru scientist held in int'l drug bust

Around 220 kg of ready-to-use amphetamine worth Rs. 230 crore have been seized

IAF officer, Bengaluru scientist held in int

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested a servicing officer of the Indian Air Force and a Benglauru-based scientist near the Telangana-Maharashtra border after multi-state raids exposed an international ring dealing in hard drugs and busted banned substance worth Rs 230 crore, media reports said.

According to media reports, Wing Commander G Rajasekhara Reddy, currently posted in Delhi, was apprehended in a joint operation by a team of NCB officials from Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai in Nanded in Maharashtra on Tuesday, while Reddy was on his way to Goa from Hyderabad.

Earlier, the NCB team had arrested three persons: Bengaluru-based scientist Venkata Rama Rao; his wife and an associate Ravi Shankar Rao, for their involvement in the racket.

Around 220 kg of ready-to-use amphetamine worth Rs. 230 crore was seized, NDTV reported.

Over Rs. 7 lakh cash, five mobile phones and allegedly incriminating documents were found from the IAF officer. He is believed to be one of the main suppliers in the network to make and deliver amphetamines, which are potent nervous system stimulants.

Posted in the Directorate of Information Technology in Delhi, the officer had reportedly been tracked for weeks both by the Narcotics Control Bureau and the Air Force intelligence wing.

As per NDTV sources, more officers are under surveillance. Official told  NDTV that Hyderabad was the base where amphetamines - used in several party drugs - were manufactured at a leased factory. The drugs were allegedly trafficked mainly to countries like Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. The raids were carried out on Friday.

“Based on the information provided by the arrested persons, Rajasekhara Reddy was arrested when he was trying to flee in his car. He is from Andhra Pradesh and is suspected to be funding the manufacture of the drug, ” a senior NCB official was quoted as saying by DH.

“During investigation, it was found that Reddy used to visit Hyderabad once in three months. But he is still being questioned and his background verified,” the official said.