Man held with huge cache of controlled pharmaceutical drugs

KATHMANDU: The Narcotics Control Bureau has recently arrested a man in possession of a huge cache of controlled pharmaceutical drugs worth more than Rs 500,000 from Maitidevi of KMC-30.

Acting on a tip-off, police arrested Gautam Thapa (49) from his rented room in Maitidevi and seized 260 ampoules of Buprenorphine, Diazepam and Phenergan and 4680 tablets of Nitrazepam (Nitravet) each from his possession.

The preliminary investigation showed that Thapa had been involved in smuggling the controlled drugs in various places of Kathmandu, said police in a press statement issued today.

He had a good networking with the drug dealers in the areas near Indian border. He stored the drugs in his room in Maitidevi and then sold from various sources, police revealed.

Thapa used to send the collected money through IME to the dealers in border area and order more consignment, added police.

Police also confiscated IME receipts,  three SIM cards, two mobile phones, Rs 6000 cash and a Musk Pod from his possession.

Police are coordinating with the District Forest Office to learn more about the confiscated Musk pod.

Earlier, Thapa was convicted in murder case and served eight years in prison.

Meanwhile, police have filed a case under Narcotic Drugs (Control) Act, 1976. Further investigation is underway.