Member of int'l drug trafficking ring tries to bribe Nepal Police, gets arrested with Rs 5 mln
KATHMANDU: The Nepal Police's Narcotics Control Bureau has nabbed an alleged member of a transnational drug trafficking ring with Rs 5 million, which he offered police officials to get off the hook.
The suspect has been identified as Purna Bahadur Pakhrin Tamang, a Nepali national who was enlisted as 'most wanted fugitive' by the Nepal Police.
DIGP Jaya Bahadur Chand, who is the in-charge of NCB, the 32-year-old was arrested from Budhanilakatha on the northern outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley, on April 29, after two weeks of arduous search and massive mobilisation of intelligence. The NCB had named the manhunt 'Operation Ice'.
During interrogation Netra and Chitra had implicated Purna Bahadur as the mastermind of the Nepal-based drug trafficking ring with its network spread to many other countries.
Purna Bahadur allegedly used a middleman, whose name has not been disclosed, to provide the NCB officials with Rs 5 million as bribe 'in the hope of settling the issue'.
"Purna Bahadur of Dhading is an younger brother of Dharma Bahadur Pakhrin Tamang who is much sought after by Australia and Southeast Asian countries for expanding the network of illicit trade of amphetamine. Purna Bahadur was working in coordination with Dharma Bahadur, who is a drug kingpin based in Thailand and China. His arrest is a giant leap forward in dismantling the transnational drug network," said DIGP Chand.