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Drug smugglers planning to smuggle COVID drugs to Iraq through Vande Bharat flight busted

Sumedha Sharma

Press Reporter News Service

Gurugram, July 28

Having emerged as a COVID drug-smuggling hub, Gurugram has now caught the eye of worldwide smugglers as they’re now procuring COVID therapy medicine and smuggling them overseas.

The Gurugram Drug Management Division has busted a drug-smuggling cartel that not solely hoarded the COVID therapy drug however was additionally to smuggle the identical to Iraq in an upcoming Vande Bharat flight.

Working as translators, three individuals — together with two Iraqi males and one Uzbek girl — have been nabbed from Sector 47 together with the COVID therapy medicine — Remdesivir (48 vials), Fabiflu (55 strips), Lopikast (18 packs).

Remdesivir prices Rs 5,400 a vial in India and is reportedly bought at Rs 1 lakh a vial in Iraq. Equally, Fabiflu strip is bought at Rs 2,500 right here and is priced at Rs 8,000 there whereas Lopikast vila, which is bought at Rs 3,990 right here, is bought at Rs 15,000 there.

The trio, who’ve failed to supply any legitimate visas or passports, reportedly confessed attempting to money on the drug scarcity in Iraq and its excessive charges within the black market there.

“We acquired a tip-off and busted the racket. Amongst the seizure is medicines that are of compassionate use for the therapy of COVID-19. The three accused on the spot couldn’t present a sound passport and visa. They might procure the COVID medicine simply accessible on MRP from Gurugram and would ship it to Iraq. We’re investigating the racket additional,” stated Gurugram Controller Amandeep Chauhan.

Sources declare that the cartel had someway procured the traveller checklist of the forthcoming flight schedule for Iraq and deliberate to ship the medicines in small batches with the Iraqi nationals.

Whereas these with medical illnesses have been to take these hidden amongst different medicines, others would have taken it shielded in different articles. Following the raid, the aviation authorities have been placed on alert for these medicine being carried by any passenger.

In keeping with state Drug Controller Narender Ahuja, all-district departments are on alert over black advertising makes an attempt of COVID therapy medicine accessible on the MRP in Haryana.

“We’re overseeing procurement and the shelling out of the COVID-treatment medicine to sufferers and have organized direct hospital-to-company provide chains to cease black advertising. Penal motion shall be taken in opposition to these indulging in the identical,” Ahuja added.

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