Islamabad: 18kg Heroin seized
ISLAMABAD, June 20: Police on Monday busted an international racket of drugs’ smugglers and recovered the largest ever catch of 18 kg heroin from the capital.
It also unearthed involvement of two sons of a late informer of Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) and two foreign-based courier services, according to sources.
Police stopped a Toyota GLI at around 2am at a check point near Khyber Plaza and recovered five packets of heroin, each weighing two kg. Three persons – YQ, RR and WQ – were arrested and shifted to Kohsar police station.
In another raid, eight kg heroin was recovered from a home in G-11. Another man, AQ, was arrested from the home.
Superintendent of Police City Zone Capt (retired) Mohammad Ilyas told Dawn that after a tip-off that a group involved in heroin smuggling had links in Saidpur village, they had alerted check points in the capital. Mr Ilyas said some four days ago he along with a police team raided Saidpur Village where a brief encounter took place with a peddler, MK, but no one was injured and no arrest was made.
A source close to the investigation said out of the arrested men, RR, who was driving the car, had nothing to do with the peddlers. The gang comprised two sons of a late informer of ANF Lahore, GQ, a native of Swabi, who died last year, the source added.
As an informer GQ developed relations with heroin smugglers, including one R, who operated in the United Kingdom. He had also introduced his sons, running a goldsmith shop in Swabi, to R. After GQ’s death, his family faced financial problems, which worsened when his wife also become a cancer patient.
About 10 months ago, GQ’s sons, WQ and AQ, approached R and requested to become his collaborators in Pakistan. R introduced them to one of his collaborators in Pakistan, YQ, who was involved in smuggling and operating from the capital for the last one year.
Living in a hired home in G-11, the three-member gang purchased heroin from Peshawar and Nowshera for Rs350,000 per kg. In Islamabad they used to hire sex workers to peddle heroin in Islamabad’s elite circles.
Before smuggling heroin outside Pakistan, it was taken to Gujranwala for examining its quality. After R was informed about the approval of heroin’s quality, he would make the payment in British pounds – 14,000 to 15,000 per kg.
Heroin was used to be hidden in boxes made between frames of large portraits and shifted to Lahore and Faisalabad. From there, it was taken to UK by using connections in two foreign-based courier services.
Police believe the smugglers had collaborators in the courier services, helping them transport portraits abroad. The investigators also believed that they had collaborators in customs locally and abroad who cleared the shipments.
The source said one of the late informer’s sons, AQ, had got admission in a university of Birmingham, as the two brothers were planning to operate in the UK independently without the help of R. The source said this may have led to possible rift and the arrests and recovery of Heroin in Islamabad.
Police have registered a case against the arrested men on the charge of Narcotics Act 9-C, which carries the punishment of death or life sentence.