The Bareilly Special Task Force (STF) on Saturday caught two men with 75 kg hashish (a drug made from cannabis) worth around Rs 1 crore from toll plaza under Fatehganj West police station here.
The arrested were identified as Hadis, alias Rahis from Motihari, Bihar and Deepak Singh of Muzaffarpur, also in Bihar. The STF in-charge of Bareilly unit, inspector Ajay Pal Singh Yadav said that they got a tip-off about a group smuggling narcotic substance from Bihar to Saharanpur district, from where it would be supplied to Haryana and Delhi.
“Following the information, we took a position at the Fatehganj West toll plaza, where a Chevrolet Tavera car arrived at around 9 am from the direction of Shahjahanpur. The men in the car tried to flee when we stopped it but our team managed to nab them. They had hidden the hashish beneath the seats,” he said.
According to the STF, the accused revealed that they procured the drug from a place near Raxaul on the Nepal border. Police said narcotics from Nepal are supplied to Uttarakhand, Haryana, Himachal, UP and Delhi.
Talking to TOI, Yadav said, “Hashish is purchased from Nepal at the rate of Rs 25,000 per kg. Transportation charges are around Rs 1,000 per kg and the drug is sold to handlers at Rs 40,000 to 60,000. In the international market, the value of 1 kg hashish is between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh.”