Tamil film producer identified as 'mastermind' of Rs 2,000 crore drug racket

As part of a joint operation by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and the delhi Police's Special Cell to bust an international drug trafficking network spread across india, new zealand, australia, and Malaysia, at least three people were arrested and a significant amount of chemical used to make narcotics was seized in Delhi. The nexus's mastermind has been identified as a tamil film producer, who is now at large.

Fifty kilogrammes of pseudoephedrine were taken from the possession of the three accused individuals after they were detained in Delhi. Methamphetamine is a synthetic drug that is extremely addictive and harmful. It is made from pseudoephedrine, a precursor molecule. Despite having certain legitimate applications, it is strictly regulated in india as a restricted drug, meaning that its manufacture, ownership, trading, export, and usage are all subject to stringent laws. Under the NDPS Act, 1985, illegal possession and trading carries a maximum 10-year jail sentence.

Drugs were trafficked by air and sea as cargo concealed in foodstuffs like desiccated coconut and health mix powder.
Following information from Australian police and new zealand Customs about large-scale shipments of pseudoephedrine to both nations, the NCB is collaborating with the authorities in both countries.
Around Rs 1.5 crore is the price at which pseudoephedrine is sold per kilogramme in australia and New Zealand.
Additional information provided by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) showed that delhi was the consignments' source.

A combined squad from the delhi police Special Cell and NCB was formed to break up the network.
It was discovered that the operators in delhi were attempting to deliver another cargo to australia following four months of extensive technological and field observation by the team.
The Special Cell conducted physical surveillance for twenty-four hours straight, which resulted in the establishment of a godown in West Delhi's Basai Darapur.
The NCB and Special Cell personnel raided the godown on february 15 while the operatives were attempting to pack the pseudoephedrine in a consignment of multigrain food mix. This resulted in the recovery of 50 kg of pseudoephedrine and the immediate arrest of the three accused individuals.

All three are from tamil Nadu.
Following questioning, they disclosed that throughout the previous three years, 45 consignments totaling around 3,500 kg of pseudoephedrine—worth more than Rs 2,000 crore on the global market—were shipped.
The nexus's creator has been revealed as an assassinated tamil film producer.
An attempt is being made to apprehend him in order to determine the original source of pseudoephedrine.

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