Bengaluru Police Bust International Drug Racket; Seize 2.75 kg of Marijuana

Bengaluru: The Anti-Narcotics Wing of the Bengaluru City Police on Friday busted an international drug racket operating from Canada on the Dark Web, a network of secret websites. The police arrested two peddlers and recovered 2.75 kg of marijuana, 100 e-cigarettes, hashish oil and ganja chocolates worth over Rs 1 crore.

The prime accused Atif Salim (25) is a BCA graduate Atif Salim, 25, who began operations seven months ago. He hails from Kolkata. 

The drug, hidden beneath layers of chocolates and jelly, was wrapped with the Amazon cover and delivered through the DTDC courier company. Each container stored 14 packets of marijuana, weighing 2.7 kg. Each packet of drug was sold for Rs 3,000 to 4,000 per gram. 

Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao confirmed they had seized marijuana worth Rs 1 crore during the operation. The police also confiscated a car, a two-wheeler, a weighing machine and Rs 1 lakh in cash. 

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) in Bengaluru got a tip-off about the supply that was coming through Kempegowda International Airport (KIA). A probe for several months led to the team busting the racket, The Hindu reported, quoting sources. 

“He did not know the identity of the supplier, except by his IM handle. All transactions were made through bitcoin, which leaves no trail,” Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner, CCB told The Hindu. The accused has now revealed the handle and police have also recovered their chats on Wickr Me app, which they are working on to identify the supplier. “We will seek the help of Interpol as well, once the identity of the supplier is established,” he added.

A case has been registered in Sadduguntepalya Police station under different sections of the Indian Penal Code.