Now, Afghan Drug Barons Eyeing Asian Pastures

The interrogation of the drug traffickers arrested by the city police over the last couple of months have revealed that an Afghanistan-based drug syndicate has been targeting Asia as a new consumption market.

Published: 20th February 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th February 2014 01:17 AM   |  A+A-

The interrogation of the drug traffickers arrested by the city police over the last couple of months have revealed that an Afghanistan-based drug syndicate has been targeting Asia as a new consumption market.

“The drug traffickers revealed that apart from heroin, the Afghanistan-based drug lords had also ventured into the trafficking of cocaine,” DCP(Special Cell), Sanjeev Yadav told Express.

According to the DCP, the Afghan drug lords  were also in the process of forging ties with the cocaine producers of South American and certain African nations to devise new routes for drug trafficking into Asia, which has emerged as a new consumption market owing to the general rise in economic prosperity.  “These high quality drugs are being pushed into India through Uri in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab borders under the garb of movement of bulk quantities of semi-precious stones,” he said.

Last week, the city police arrested Ahmad Jawid alias Nabi,46, an Afghan National,  with four kg of cocaine valued at `20 crore in the international market.

Nabi, a resident of Panjshir in Afghanistan, was arrested from Mahavir Nagar here where he had gone to provide a sample of cocaine to one of Nigerian buyers.

And the Afghan national, who was residing in the walled city for the last few months, was finding prospective buyers to dispose of the consignment of cocaine which was in his possession.

“The syndicate to which Nabi belongs was handled by one Gafoor, an Afghan national, who resides intermittently in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” said another investigating official.

Gafoor oversees the functioning of the cartel using different international numbers of Pakistan and Afghanistan. “Nabi revealed that he was introduced to drug trafficking by Gafoor, who owns an arms factory at Jalalabad in Afghanistan,” said Yadav.

It was also revealed that Gafoor had employed several other carriers like Nabi, who work for him, for trafficking high quality contraband drugs through India.

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