Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has busted an international drug trafficking racket involved in smuggling heroin from Rajasthan and transporting the drug to United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

The Central agency had seized 11 kg of heroin valued at Rs.11 crore in the global market. Three persons were also nabbed in connection with the seizure reported to be one of the biggest haul effected by the DRI in the State.

Addressing a news conference here on Wednesday, DRI Additional Director Rama Mathew said Habeen Rehman, hailing from Kozhikode, Kiran Kumar, hailing from Kota in Rajasthan, and Rattan, a Travelling Ticket Examiner attached to the West Central Railway, were apprehended in connection with the seizure of the contraband. Rahman, a kingpin of the racket, had been using his premises for safe-keeping the drugs.

On the basis of an intelligence input, the DRI officials raided the residences of Rahman at Kuthiravattom and Edavannapara here on Tuesday. Eleven kg of heroin were recovered from these places. Five kg of heroin were seized from his residence from Kuthiravattom in the city and the balance 6 kg from Edavannapara.

Ms. Mathew said the drugs had been sourced from a drug ring operating from Kota and transported to the city. Kiran and Rattan were apprehended from the Malabar Palace in the city. These persons had smuggled the drugs to the city by Rajadhani Express on Monday. The drugs had been handed over to Rahman by them in the hotel.

Rahman had taken the drugs to his premises. The heroin was to be distributed in smaller packets to retail distributors. Rahman is believed to be a key player of drug racket operation from Kozhikode and Edavannapara. The drugs sourced by Rahman were also smuggled by carriers to Dubai and Saudi Arabia, she said.

DRI Additional Director General (Bangalore) R. Venkataraman supervised the raids. Further investigations are being carried out, Ms. Mathew said.