Three arrested for drug trafficking in Greater Noida


Gautam Budh Nagar Police in a joint operation with a SWAT team on Sunday arrested three people for allegedly smuggling drugs such as California weed, MDMA, ecstasy from a value greater than 29 lakh and provide them to students across the country including in Noida and Greater Noida.

Police identified the three arrested as Bhanu (25), Adhiraj (23) and Sonu Kumar (26) – all residents of Surajkund in Faridabad. While Adhiraj was preparing for MBA exams, Sonu was running a cafe in Himachal Pradesh after completing his BBA and Bhanu was looking for a job when he joined the gang, police said.

“There is a large population of students in Greater Noida, Noida and Delhi-NCR. Police have learned that some miscreants are supplying drugs to these students by using online valet services to deliver the goods and trade bitcoins and cryptocurrencies to evade identification,” said the deputy commissioner of Police (Greater Noida) Abhishek Verma.

In order to catch the suspects, DCP posed as a buyer, talked to the suspects on social media and tricked them into coming to Greater Noida. The three were arrested at LG roundabout in Surajpur, Verma informed.

“Of the three, Sonu Kumar was leading a Telegram group to provide medicine, which had at least 250 students from the Noida-Greater Noida area. During questioning, the three suspects revealed that the drugs had been smuggled from the United States. We are also trying to catch the suspects’ accomplices,” he said.

“Every month, drugs have been provided to 100-200 students in Noida, Greater Noida, Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Kanpur and parts of South India as well,” the DCP said.

The suspects were arrested under the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act and brought before a magistrate before being sent to prison.

“We are also working with other district police officers and the Narcotics Control Bureau to dismantle the entire gang,” the DCP said.


    Ashni Dhaor is a correspondent for the Hindustan Times. It covers crime, education, health, politics, civic issues and the environment in the city of Ghaziabad. She graduated from Delhi University in 2015 and has worked with Hindustan Times ever since.
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