The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has notified Mumbai to be the top-most consumer of cocaine in India. According to a report by Hindustan Times, as much as 2,499 kilograms of cocaine seized in the past two years in Sri Lanka, Port Elizabeth and Panana had India as its destination.
As one of the biggest manufacturers of potassium permangnate, a precursor chemical, there is a growing suspicion that the processing of cocaine may be shifted by drug cartel from South America to India.
NCB officials told HT that backtrack drug investigations have now confirmed that no less than 300kg of cocaine (worth Rs 1,500 crore in the international market) landed in Mumbai in December 2018 through a syndicate with links in India, Australia and Canada.
Danish Chikna, who allegedly handles Dawood Ibrahim’s drugs factory in Mumbai’s Dongri, was arrested in Rajasthan last night.
According to reports, he was arrested from Kota in a joint operation by local police and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) sleuths. Some amount of drugs was also recovered from his vehicle.
The NCB has red-flagged Mumbai as the cocaine capital of India saying that other metropolitan cities are not lagging behind with the drug mafia spreading its tentacles in India, Canada and Australia. As much as 2499 kilograms of cocaine seized in the past two years in Sri Lanka, Port Elizabeth and Panana had India as its destination. The international market for this lethal drug is Rs 5 crore per kilogram.