SP leader's nephew among 4 held for smuggling drugs

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The nephew of Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi was among the four to be arrested by the police for allegedly running an global drug racket, police said. With the help of technical support, call detail reports (CDRs) and human intelligence, the police traced Abu Aslam to the Vakola hotel. A team was sent to Mumbai and he was arrested on Tuesday. Azmi is said to be a nephew of senior Samajwadi Party leader and Maharashtra MLA Abu Azmi. The kingpin of the gang Kailash Rajput, is now settled in Dubai and controls the drug trade from there. Methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA is a popular drug in Delhi, Mumbai and Goa.

Ice is commonly being used by youngsters, especially in rave parties in Mumbai, Delhi.

The other three are Avdhesh Kumar, 26, Chandan Rai, 31 and Amit Aggarwal, 40. The team, working on the case learnt that a consignment of "ice" has been sent from Mumbai to Delhi and will further be shipped to the USA and UK, Yadav said. He revealed his name to be Avdesh Kumar and, during questioning, told the police about the other gang members. Around five kg of the drug was recovered from his possession. "Azmi was tracked down and arrested on June 6 from a Mumbai hotel", said Yadav.

Aslam was in Dubai till 2008 where he worked as a cargo officer. He left his job and moved to Mumbai. Some of his friends were also close to Kailash Rajput. It is said that he allegedly came in contact with drug peddlers in Goa who were Rajput's men. He managed to carve out a large network of drug traffickers based in metros, Yadav said. Mumbai police said they have been looking for Rajput since 2015, when he jumped bail and escaped to Dubai. Once the parcel was delivered to him in Mumbai, Abu Aslam used to send it across to Avdesh Kumar and Aggarwal, who in turn would supply it to the USA, Canada and United Kingdom through the logistics firm, said police. On the directions of Rajput, Azmi supplied drugs via courier to France, Germany, UK, Spain and the U.S., police said.About three years ago, Rajput was arrested by Mumbai police and Azmi helped him during his trial, police said, adding that they joined hands and started drug peddling soon after.For all the latest Cities News, download Indian Express App.