hyderabad: Hyderabad man arrested in internet pharmacy racket

The Hyderabad unit of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has busted an illegal Internet-based pharmacy service that shipped narcotics and other drugs from India to foreign buyers and arrested a man suspected of running it.

The pharmacy, identified by the federal anti-narcotics agency as JR Infinity Pvt. Ltd., was located at Domalguda in Telangana’s capital city.Officials of the NCB Hyderabad sub-zone had carried out raids at this location a few days ago and arrested the unidentified “kingpin”, who allegedly ran the illegal pharmacy. The agency on Sunday said ₹3.71 crore cash, identified as proceeds of drugs trafficking, several laptops, mobile phones and other electronic gadgets that were used to operate the “illegal Internet pharmacy” have been seized.

“Employees of JR Infinity used to contact customers in the US and other countries over email and VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) calls and offer various pharma drugs, including those covered under NDPS (narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances) Act, for recreational use to them,” NCB deputy director general (operations) Sanjay Kumar Singh said in a statement. “Once customers agreed upon the product and price, the employees collected the details of the customers like name, shipping address, email id etc. and shared payment links with them.”

According to Singh, customers were offered multiple payment methods “like account transfer, credit card, PayPal and bitcoins”. On confirmation of the payment, JR Infinity used to divert and dispatch pharma drugs to the customers in the US and other countries, he said.

The agency found that the arrested accused had “carried out more than one thousand illicit diversions and shipments of drugs from India to the US and within the US also”. Among the drugs being sold are oxycodone, hydrocodone, alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam, clonazepam, zolpidem and tramadol.

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