An IPS officer gave his house on rent in Greater Noida, which is located on the outskirts of Delhi. However, he was unaware of the fact that an international drug cartel being operated there since two years. The fact was hidden until the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on May 9 caught a 24-year-old South African woman, Nosma with 24.7 kg of pseudoephedrine drugs in her luggage.

On Monday,  a Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) official said, Pseudoephedrine is basically used for producing methamphetamine, a drug widely used in Europe and SouthEast Asia.

Sources said, a Nigerian national, Kingsley was running the syndicate. Kingsley left India in November last year and it became difficult for the law enforcement agencies to understand how he was executing the place as a safe haven for illegal activity.

The NCB official said that the syndicate had been supplying narcotic substances to several groups belonging to the South African region who later sell it to drug abusers in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, and Gurgaon.

Richard, who had been handling Kingsley’s business, was arrested during the May 10 raid carried out by the NCB. A woman member of the racket, identified as Chiamanda, was also held from the house. The official said, “This was the biggest ever seizure of pseudoephedrine or ephedrine in India outside factory premises by any agency as per our records after the 2016 raid in a Solapur factory in Maharashtra from where same 20,000 kg substance was seized”.

The official also said that the demand for pseudoephedrine is very high outside India especially in America, Malaysia, Thailand, Nigeria, Mozambique, and several other countries because of its cheaper rate. India and China supply pseudoephedrine due to their chemical manufacturing hubs.

Moreover, the NCB is trying to crack the nicknames so that the dealers also get arrested. “They distributed drugs in Delhi-NCR. They also manufactured fake heroin and transported it out of the country,” Mr. Jha added.

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