Kochi

When the shadow squad fell short of nabbing ‘Big Boss’

Accused changes plan; police finally arrest carrier with just 2 kg of drug

The City Shadow Police had set the trap for nabbing the alleged lynchpin of a Chennai-based racket, code-named Big Boss, with as much as 50 kg of Methamphetamine but eventually had to be content with a carrier with just 2 kg of the drug.

During the last two months when the racket was being tailed, a shadow team member masquerading as a potential buyer of the drug had met Big Boss twice.

Initially, he declined to play along without seeing the money. At the second meeting in a Chennai hotel, the team was prepared and showed the racketeer a bagful of currencies which, of course, were mere lookalikes.

Big Boss was pleased enough and agreed to personally deliver 50 kg of Methamphetamine in Kochi. Even as the shadow squad lay in wait to capture him with the contraband, the racketeer effected a change in plan at the eleventh hour and instead sent in a carrier, S. Ibrahim, whose contact number was shared with the team.

Ensuring that the carrier had boarded the train from Chennai after monitoring the mobile tower location, the shadow team also boarded the same train. He was picked up when he alighted at the North railway station with the help of the North police.

During his interrogation, it was revealed that he had flown to Malaysia and Singapore several times from Chennai, Kochi, and Thiruvananthapuram in the guise of doing textile business. “We have initiated measures for arresting the man who supplied the drugs and goes by the code name Big Boss,” said J. Himendranath, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Kochi City). The police are also looking into the possibility of the racket having any potential link to the MDMA haul by Excise personnel from a courier firm in Kochi earlier this year. The accused in that case also had a Chennai connection.

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