The Narcotics Wing of the Central Crime Branch (CCB)-Bengaluru busted an inter-State narcotics ring and arrested a gang of five — four women and a foreign national — and seized drugs worth ₹7.8 crore on September 27.
The accused, Pushpa, Vijaya, Devi, and Poornima, were caught by the sleuths outside Puttaparthi railway station. They had arrived by Prashanthi Express and were waiting to deliver the consignment to their contacts. The police seized 8 kg of hasish oil and 10 kg of marijuana, which were concealed in the baggage, from the accused.
Based on the information provided by them, the police raided the house of a foreign national, David John, in Bengaluru and seized 1.4 kg of MDMA crystals from him.
Investigations revealed that the narcotics were being supplied to peddlers by a person living in a tribal village, Seetampalli, and who also operates from the Arakku forest area, in Andhra Pradesh. The accused would use the women as carriers to supply the drugs to his contacts in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi, Chennai, and Mumbai.
The police are now on the lookout for the person living in Seetampalli, who is on the run.