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Police warn young people in Punjab and Delhi are buying heroin sourced from illegal opium farms in West Bengal


    Young people in Punjab and Delhi are now being supplied with heroin sourced from illegal opium farms in Malda, West Bengal.

    After being processed in illicit labs in Uttar Pradesh, it is pumped into the national Capital for distribution.

    The revelation was made after the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested a Nigerian who had allegedly been supplying drugs to two youths from Punjab.

    The team also apprehended two Punjab residents who were receiving the consignment of heroin from the Nigerian near Mata Roop Rani Maggo Devi Hospital in Uttam Nagar.

    Processed drugs are smuggled into Delhi and Punjab with the aid of African nationals, a report suggests. (Picture for representation only).

    According to senior NCB officers, the catch has revealed a new trend of indigenous heroin which is being manufactured in labs in UP, while the opium is being sourced from Malda.

    The NCB has also written to West Bengal police and the BSF informing them about illegal opium cultivation in Malda and requesting them to destroy it.

    “Traditionally heroin brought to India is from opium cultivation in Afghanistan, which is transported to India from porous Punjab boarders. This further finds its way to Delhi through Pakistan via the border states,” a senior NCB officer said.

    In the current case, NCB officials found that the opium from West Bengal was being brought to illegal labs in Uttar Pradesh, where it was processed further. Most such labs are in Bareilly and other parts of western Uttar Pradesh.

    The processed drugs were then smuggled into Delhi, and from there reached Punjab with the aid of some African nationals.

    NCB officials identified the Nigerian as Ifeanyi Okafor (36) who has been living on rent in the Uttam Nagar area after he came to India on a business visa that expired in May this year.

    The Punjab-based youths have been identified as Rimpu (35), a resident of Muktsar, and Balwinder S (35).

    “Okafor revealed he has been dealing in drugs ever since he had come to India four years ago. He was dealing in all kinds of drugs, including heroin, amphetamine and other synthetic drugs,” NCB Zonal Director Rohit Sharma alleged.

    Okafor was reportedly a major supplier of drugs to Punjabi youths, who had been coming to Delhi to procure their consignments from him. NCB officers had been on the look-out for Okafor for the past two months.

    The NCB claimed Rimpu told them that he was not getting high quality drugs at affordable rates in Punjab and so was sourcing them from Delhi.

    The second person, Balwinder S, is a labourer and had been taking drugs for the last 15 years. He had recently sold off his vehicle for Rs three lakh and spent the entire amount to procure drugs, the agency claimed.