Kathmandu, September 19
The Narcotics Control Bureau has rounded up three Indian nationals with a huge cache of controlled pharmaceutical drugs they were smuggling into Nepal.
Acting on an intelligence input, a special team deployed by the NCB arrested them along with a jeep bearing Indian registration number used for smuggling the prescription drugs from Shantinagar of Kathmandu Metropolitan City yesterday. The suspects have been identified as Raja Kunal, 37, Rajesh Kumar Jaiswal, 32, and Abhishek Kumar Jaiswal, 37, of Bihar.
As many as 3,126 ampules of diazepam, phenergan and norphine have been confiscated from them. The NCB has also impounded the vehicle. The alleged drug traffickers have been charged under the Narcotic Drug (Control and Punishment) Act. According to the NCB, the Indian nationals were involved in smuggling prescription drugs to Kathmandu and other major cities of Nepal from India for a long time. The drug smugglers were under constant surveillance of narco cops after several drug peddlers arrested by the NCB implicated them.
Earlier this week, the NCB had arrested four persons in possession of 1,200 ampoules of injectable drugs from Jambu Danda of Gokarneshwor Municipality-5. They were Utim Lalit Sah, 42 and Ashok Tamang, 23, of Siraha, Sujendra Lohani, 34, of Udayapur and Pema Lama, 28, of Kavre. They were also found to be involved in smuggling prescription drugs to Nepal from India and were repeat offenders, according to the NCB. Sah had served three years in jail for an attempted murder case, while Lohani was sentenced to two years on drug smuggling charge.
A version of this article appears in print on September 20, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.