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NCB arrests 3 Vietnamese with coke, mandrax worth Rs 20.10 crore

New Delhi: Three Vitenamese nationals, including a woman, have been arrested by the NCB here for allegedly smuggling party drugs like cocaine and others worth over Rs 20.10 crore.

Director General NCB Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar
Director General NCB Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar

Officials said the trio were arrested by the anti-narcotics sleuths yesterday from a hotel in Pahar Ganj area, near the New Delhi railway station.

The Vietnamese have been identified as T Hach Thi Thanh (36), Phan Van Soan (27) and Van Taon Do (39).

While Do was living in the said hotel since January 16, they said the woman, Thanh, and Soan joined him yesterday at the said hotel after they arrived here from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

The officials said the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) was trailing them based on inputs and as soon as the trio met in the hotel, they were intercepted and a search was carried out.

“While three kg of cocaine, popularly know as coke in drugs parlance, was recovered from the bags of the arriving duo, a further search of Do’s room led the agency to recover 450 grams of methaqualone neatly packed in a carton.

“The three have been arrested under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Phsychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act,” they said.

The officials added while the seized coke in the cache is worth Rs 20 crore in the international market, the methaqualone or Mandrax is valued at about Rs 10 lakh.

The NCB’s Delhi Zonal unit, they said, is now identifying the recipients of the drugs that the foreigners allegedly had.


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