DRI arrests five kingpins of narcotics trade with huge drug consignment. Image Source: IANS News
Lahore, Sep 13 : A high-level investigation into a cross-border drug smuggling racket in Pakistan found that a former Lahore DSP — deemed as an “underworld don in uniform” — owned illegal assets worth billions, the media reported on Wednesday,
Headed by the Lahore SSP, Internal Accountability (IA), the three-member panel of the police officers was conducting a departmental inquiry against the accused, former DSP Mazhar Iqbal, who was heading the Anti-Narcotics Investigation Unit (ANIU) of Lahore police when Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) disocovered the racket of smuggling narcotics using drones, reports Dawn news.
The ANF booked Iqbal last month for allegedly taking a 75 million Pakistani rupee (PKR) bribe from a drug smuggler.
According to the Force, Iqbal had recovered 35 kg drugs and three cars from the smuggler’s residence, but released him after lodging a case of 450 grams of narcotics only.
The ANF had arrested another suspect, who told the investigators that he was a “front man” of the former DSP, who was involved in cross-border drug smuggling for many years.
The three-member panel panel also traced 125 luxury cars purchased by Iqbal while he was in police service in Lahore, Dawn news reported.
The investigation is currently underway.