The alleged kingpin in the supply of buprenorphine ampoules to drug peddlers in Kollam was arrested by the Kollam police from Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu on Friday. His name was given as Vella Sabir, a resident of Pallimukku in the city. He was arrested by a team led by Assistant Commissioner of Police B. Krishnakumar.

Sub inspector G. Gopakumar said that four persons arrested from the city in October, following seizure of 80 buprenorphine ampoules from them, had mentioned Sabir’s connections with the drug mafia and had confessed that he was their main source.

But Sabir remained elusive. Mr. Gopakumar said Sabir had been peddling drugs at Attingal, Chirayinkeezhu, Thumba, and Perumathura of Thiruvananthapuram district. Mr. Gopakumar said that at the time of his arrest Sabir had 100 buprenorphine ampoules in his possession, but managed to destroy all of them. In April 2012, he was detained by emigration authorities at the Sahar airport in Mumbai and was in jail for 40 days. He then jumped bail and went absconding.