Central Agencies Investigate Defendant Vijin’s Ties to Drug Cartel


Express press service

KOCHI: After investigation confirms role of Pakistani operator Haji Salim in drug smuggling to India, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) are looking into involvement of the Pak drug lord in the seizure of two drug shipments destined for a Mumbai-based fruit import company owned by Keralite Virgin Varghese.

Senior DRI officials said Haji Salim controlled the Asian market for drugs made in Afghanistan and used different channels to smuggle narcotics into India. “Apart from the sea route, Haji Salim has conduits to smuggle drugs through alternative means. We are verifying if Mansoor Thachaparamban, who had sent the fruit consignment with drugs to Vijin, had ties to the Haji Salim cartel,” a DRI officer said.

It was More Fresh Exports SA Pvt Ltd, owned by Kerala businessman Mansoor Thachaparamban, who dispatched the shipments of fruits with drugs to the company owned by Vigin Varghese, which is engaged in importing fruits .

“Haji dominates the heroin and cocaine trade from Afghanistan. India is one of the major hubs for its racketeering and it plays a key role in regulating drug trafficking through the southern route comprising South Africa, Pakistan and India,” an official said. of the NCB.

A report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) had previously analyzed the increase in drug trafficking through the southern route and how India was being used by international drug cartels to send drug shipments to other Southeast Asian countries. Agencies are probing Vijin’s exponential growth over the past six years after starting a small fruit import business.

The DRI had made back-to-back drug seizures in containers that had arrived in Vijin’s company name in recent days from South Africa. While the first consignment of methamphetamine and cocaine worth Rs 1,476 crore was seized on October 2 in cartons of Valencia oranges imported from South Africa by the company, the second seizure of 50 kg of cocaine worth Rs 502 crore was carried from a container carrying over 1,000 crore. cartons of green apples, also imported from South Africa.

KOCHI: After investigation confirms role of Pakistani operator Haji Salim in drug smuggling to India, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) are looking into involvement of the Pak drug lord in the seizure of two drug shipments destined for a Mumbai-based fruit import company owned by Keralite Virgin Varghese. Senior DRI officials said Haji Salim controlled the Asian market for drugs made in Afghanistan and used different channels to smuggle narcotics into India. “Apart from the sea route, Haji Salim has conduits to smuggle drugs through alternative means. We are verifying if Mansoor Thachaparamban, who had sent the fruit consignment with drugs to Vijin, had ties to the Haji Salim cartel,” a DRI officer said. It was More Fresh Exports SA Pvt Ltd, owned by Kerala businessman Mansoor Thachaparamban, who dispatched the shipments of fruits with drugs to the company owned by Vigin Varghese, which is engaged in importing fruits . “Haji dominates the heroin and cocaine trade from Afghanistan. India is one of the major hubs for its racketeering and it plays a key role in regulating drug trafficking through the southern route comprising South Africa, Pakistan and India,” an official said. of the NCB. A report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) had previously analyzed the increase in drug trafficking through the southern route and how India was being used by international drug cartels to send drug shipments to other Southeast Asian countries. Agencies are probing Vijin’s exponential growth over the past six years after starting a small fruit import business. The DRI had made back-to-back drug seizures in containers that had arrived in Vijin’s company name in recent days from South Africa. While the first consignment of methamphetamine and cocaine worth Rs 1,476 crore was seized on October 2 in cartons of Valencia oranges imported from South Africa by the company, the second seizure of 50 kg of cocaine worth Rs 502 crore was carried from a container carrying over 1,000 crore. cartons of green apples, also imported from South Africa.

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