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Sep 30, 2009

6.5 Crore worth drugs siezed in a day !!!


The industrial city of Coimbatore is turning into a major drug trafficking hub in Tamil Nadu as a whopping 6.5 kg of narcotics worth about Rs 6.5 crore in the international market was seized in three separate hauls from 10 persons within 24 hours on Monday.

The sleuths of the Narcotics Intelligence Bureau (NIB) and the City police spread a dragnet for the drug network following a tip-off that a gang had descended on Coimbatore with packets of heroin and brown sugar or smack, which is a drug made from the resins of poppy. Ten drug traffickers who were trying to sell heroin packets with labels stating “100% Afghanistan” have been arrested.
Police said the gang members were from Namakkal and are suspected to have sourced the heroin from drug dealers in Andhra Pradesh. “As the police have tightened the vigil in other parts of Tamil Nadu, the drug dealers are making a desperate attempt to sell the heroin in Coimbatore,” the NIB DSP, K Ramasamy told . On Monday morning, a team of city police personnel lay in wait at the bus stop near the Coimbatore government Medical College Hospital while the NIB sleuths hung around the crowded Gandhipuram bus terminal.

With a bag tucked in their hands, three persons descended on the bus stop near the government hospital around noon and the city police swooped down on them. The trio, Ravi, Buvaneshwar and Vinoth, from Namakkal district were taken into custody and one kilo of heroin was seized from them. During interrogation, they revealed that five more drug traffickers were doing the rounds in the city. They were arrested on Tuesday morning and another one kilo of heroin was seized from them.

A few hours later, the NIB sleuths picked up two persons, Thangaraj (38) and Loganathan (44), who hail from Tiruchengode taluk of Namakkal district and seized about 4.5 kgs of heroin valued at Rs. 4.5 crore in the international market. In suburban Coimbatore, Kavundampalayam and Thudiyalur areas are known ganja dens where drug sellers are said to have a free run.

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