KATHMANDU: Narcotic Drugs Control Law Enforcement Unit (NDCLEU), New Baneshwor, has finally nabbed the racketeers who plotted to smuggle a huge amount of illegal drugs all the way to Netherlands through Tribhuvan International Airport.
It was the biggest haul of narcotic drugs over the period of last three years, said the police. Acting on a tip-off, the police on June 2 had made a haul of 200-kg hashish in Trishakti Marg, Kathmandu- 1. However, those responsible had been absconding ever since.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Ganesh Raj Rai informed that a special squad of NDCLEU on Monday night had apprehended six persons trying to smuggle the hashish to Netherlands. Those arrested have been identified as Ravi Ratna Chudal (29) from Jhapa and Dorje Lama (32), Dorje Lama (51), Pemba Gurung (32), Nima Lama (45) and Sonam Dindu (45), currently residing in Boudha.
The Dorje duo, Nima and Sonam are said to be of Tibetan origin living in Nepal. They were arrested from separate places in Kathmandu, said police.
Hashish can fetch at least Rs 200,000 per kg in the international black market. DIG Rai informed that Nepal was becoming a safe haven for national and international racketeers to smuggle the illegal drugs to Europe and America thanks to the lack of adequate resources and hi-tech gadgets to check the crime in TIA, the only airport connecting Nepal to the world.
It is high time to install ultramodern detecting system in TIA to combat drug trafficking, he argued. Yet we are doing our best to control the drug trafficking and bring the guilty to book.