IAF officer, scientist and his wife arrested for dealing in drugs


drugsA scientist and his wife and an Indian Air Force (IAF) officer were arrested for their involvement in an international drug syndicate.

The raids, held in Hyderabad and Bengaluru, uncovered a global ring of drug dealers. About 220 kg of amphetamine worth Rs 230 crore was also seized during the raid. Another 10 kg was seized from a Bengaluru house.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in coordination with the Nanded police arrested IAF Wing Commander Rajashekhar Reddy and seized Rs 7 lakh in cash, five mobile phones and incriminating documents found on his person.

Reddy, suspected to be the kingpin of the racket, was produced in a Hyderabad court on October 5 and sent to NCB’s custody.

Similarly, Venkat Rama Rao, the scientist, and his wife are other vital links of the drug syndicate.

Posted in the IT Directorate in Delhi, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and the IAF intelligence wing apparently tracked Reddy for some weeks before picking him up, as per media reports.

According to officials, Hyderabad was the base where amphetamines were manufactured. These drugs were supplied to Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia and the like.