Delhi Police Busts Painkiller Racket in the capital- 46,000 capsules of Tramadol Seized
New Delhi: Delhi police crime branch has busted an inter-state group and arrested three people for illegally supplying a drug called tramadol to youngsters in Delhi, Kolkata and Northeast states.
A consignment containing 46,656 capsules tramadol has been seized by the police officers near New Delhi railway station and 3 people were arrested.
It has been reported that the "Spasmol Proxyvon Plus" had printed on the medicines and were being transported without valid papers that contained substances like dicyclomine, paracetamol, acetaminophen, and tramadol.
TOI reports that the arrests were confirmed by the additional commissioner Ajit K Singla and the alleged key player of the gang was identified as Sunil Sharma (42), a resident of Greater Noida with his associates Rajesh and Nagesh Sharma, both belong to Ghaziabad.
The action was taken by police after receiving a tip-off while probing a drug smuggling racket after which a team was formed by DCP (crime) Bhisham Singh that was led by ACP Aditya Gautam and inspector Sunil Jain and a trap was laid around the station and at Minto Road.
A senior police officer told TOI, "The accused, Sunil, arrived in a black Huyndai Elantra and started waiting for someone. An Indica car then pulled over and two suspects alighted. The informer confirmed their identities after which the teams swooped in and arrested the men. The medicines were found stashed in around 320 boxes."
Under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS), the transportation or consumption of the drug without a prescription is banned and a person is allowed to carry a limited amount of tablets and capsules with a prescription as unsupervised consumption of the drug has psychotropic impacts on the user.
If one is caught carrying the drug without prescription then the accused will be charged under sections 22 and 29 of NDPS Act.
The drug is prescribed for relief from severe pain, but is quite popular among youngsters and even middle-aged consumers for getting high. The drug, which originally costs around Rs 6 or 7 per strip, is sold in the grey market for up to Rs 100 a strip reports TOI.
While speaking with TOI, an officer explained that the drug affects the limbic system of the brain and forces neurotransmitters to stimulate pleasure and said, "Having more than the prescribed quantity leads to a feeling of euphoria."
An officer told TOI, "The capsules are mixed with alcohol, rum or aerated drinks and the user thinks it helps them focus and remain awake. At times, users add stuff like Iodex get additional high."