Noida STF, police bust gang of marijuana smugglers, 6 arrested | Noida News

Ghaziabad: In a joint operation by Noida special task force (STF) and Noida police a gang of smugglers was busted on Saturday in Surajpur with the arrest of its six members.
According to police, the arrest was made in connection with alleged smuggling of 251kg cannabis with an estimated worth of Rs 50 lakh.
As per the STF, the accused were identified as Firoz Khan (35), from Ghaziabad, Amit Sahni (30), Sachin Kumar (28), and Sonu (25), from Sonipat in Haryana; and Jitendra Kumar (30), and Mahesh Yadav (32), from Banda in UP.
“Khan is a vegetable seller in Ghaziabad. The suspects used to bring narcotic products from Odisha and Andhra Pradesh and sell them in NCR,” a police officer said.
Raj Kumar Mishra, DSP, Noida STF, told TOI that they received the information from a reliable source that the accused would smuggle marijuana in huge quantities from Lucknow to Surajpur on Friday. “The accused had come in a Mahindra pick-up van and a Maruti Swift Dzire car in Surajpur. They were transferring the marijuana packets from the pick-up van to the car when the police raided them. Our team recovered 250kg marijuana from their possession,” the DSP said.
He added that during investigation, police came to know that Khan and his cousin Sadique alias Guddu — arrested by Chhattisgarh police some months ago — were involved in the smuggling. “They had visited Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh five years ago and bought marijuana from there. They sold the drug to local people in NCR for easy money. Khan then involved some other people and started smuggling cannabis from Odisha and Andhra Pradesh,” Mishra said.
A case has been registered against them under sections 18 and 20 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. The suspects were produced in a court on Saturday which sent them to the judicial custody.

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