The Narcotics Control Bureau has seized 140 kg of “high-grade” ganja, Rs 5.20 lakh cash, materials used for retail packing of drugs and two vehicles in connection with the case.
- Seven people, including the kingpin of the syndicate and the supplier of drugs, have been apprehended by the federal anti-narcotics agency..
- The accused provided doorstep delivery of drugs through Swiggy delivery executives.
Bengaluru: With the arrest of seven people, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Saturday claimed to have busted a major drug syndicate involved in providing doorstep delivery of narcotics through executives of Swiggy, a leading online food ordering and delivery platform.
Acting on specific inputs, sleuths of the NCB’s Bengaluru Zonal Unit intercepted two city residents on September 30. The two were in the process of taking eight boxes of contraband from a courier vehicle and loading them into a Maruti car in the Karnataka capital. During examination, high-grade ganja, packed in paper packets wrapped with adhesive tapes, was found inside the boxes. Ganja weighing 137 kg was recovered, an official NCB release stated.
Subsequent action by the federal anti-natcotics agency resulted in the recovery of cash worth to Rs.4.81 lakh, which was the sale proceeds of drug trafficking, and packing materials used for retail packing of drugs. A Swiggy delivery boy, who was ready to deliver a parcel, was also apprehended by the sleuths. Further action resulted in the recovery of around 3 kg of Ganja and Rs 39,000 cash from the residential premises of another accused
Carrying forward its crackdown in connection with the case, the drug enforcement agency nabbed four accused in Hyderabad on the night of October 1. Later, financial hand of the network and two other accused were apprehended near Shimoga in Karnataka following a high-speed vehicle chase.
The traffickers, instead of going and buying the drugs, booked consignments through couriers by giving the address of non-functional shops or other business establishments, according to the the drug enforcement agency. The kingpin, along with two of his two associates, was running the racket in Bengaluru and its outskirts.
“… (The accused) were delivering the drugs to their consumers under the disguise of Swiggy delivery boys, since lockdown under Covid-19 restrictions allows such deliveries under service of essential commodities. This drug cartel has many Swiggy delivery boys in their drug syndicate and mastered the drug delivery mechanism in Bengaluru. The syndicate thrived especially during the lockdown period and used to assure customers of doorstep delivery,” the release stated.