In a joint operation, officers working with the Benglaluru unit and Hyderabad sub-zone of the Narcotics Management Bureau (NCB) unearthed one other inter-State Alprazolam manufacturing racket and arrested 5 individuals on Saturday. The accused had been producing the short-acting tranquilliser at a clandestine laboratory in Hyderabad — the second to be uncovered in two months. Round 3.25 kg of Alprazolam was recovered.
After receiving a tip-off, a crew led by zonal director Amit Ghawate intercepted two automobiles close to Medak on the Hyderabad nationwide freeway and apprehended 4 individuals, recognized as Y. Sudhakar, A. Naresh, Ok.P. Kumar, and A. Srikanth. A complete of three.25 kg of Alprazolam and ₹12,75,000 in money was recovered from them, which is proceeds of medicine, stated the NCB.
The probe revealed that Sudhak was the provider and producer, whereas A. Naresh was the receiver. They had been apprehended throughout an alternate of Alprazolam and money.
Following a spot interrogation, the NCB crew situated a clandestine laboratory that was working in a residential space, in the home of Y. Sudhakar at Balanagar, Hyderabad. “On this lab, uncooked Alprazolam at numerous levels of producing was discovered together with equipment reminiscent of flasks and reactors,” Mr. Ghawate stated.
Some amount of Alprazolam and a big amount of uncooked materials was seized from this clandestine lab as nicely. The crew additionally uncovered one other manufacturing facility in an adjoining flat and a makeshift storage room slightly below the overhead water tank.
Based on the NCB, the accused had bought a brand new reactor and drier to develop their Alprazolam manufacturing operations. In a follow-up operation, the fifth accused, R. Pamarthi, who was working the laboratory, was additionally apprehended.
He had procured a licence to fabricate real medical formulation within the identify of M/s. Kartikeya Life Sciences, however misused the ability for clandestine manufacture of Alprazolam, stated the NCB. This syndicate has been working for greater than 5 years. Additional investigation is on.
Alprazolam is a psychotropic substance belonging to the Benzodiazepine class, that are anti-depressants. Based on the officers, its unlawful manufacture and sale is a reason for concern for regulation enforcement companies. In June this yr, the bureau had unearthed an unlawful drug manufacturing facility in Bidar. The accused had been allegedly smuggling Alprazolam produced within the Karnataka facility to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, the place it’s extensively used as a reducing agent for toddy.