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Air Force Officer and Bengaluru scientist arrested in international drug racket
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) today arrested an Indian Air Force (IAF) officer and a Bengaluru-based scientist in an international drug racket after conducting raids spanning various states. Police also seized 220 kg of ready-to-use amphetamine worth Rs.230 crore.

The Air Force Wing Commander had been posted in the Directorate of Information Technology in Delhi and was on the radar of Narcotics Control Bureau as well as the Air Force intelligence.

He was arrested by Nanded police in Nanded in Maharashtra yesterday, while he was on his way from Hyderabad to Goa. Police have also recovered cash worth over Rs.7 lakh and five mobile phones from him.

The drugs are believed to be manufactured at a leased factory in Hyderabad and later trafficked mainly to countries like Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

The Air Force officer has been identified as Rajasekhar Reddy and is also believed to be the main mastermind behind the racket. The research scientist who has been arrested has been identified as Venkat Rama Rao who used to work with a reputed chemical firm in Bangalore.

His wife has also been found to be involved in the racket. Rao was arrested on September 30 when he had come to Hyderabad to collect the contraband from Ravi Shankar Rao.

According to a report in Deccan Chronicle, "Based on the information provided by the arrested persons, Rajasekhara Reddy was arrested when he was trying to flee in his car. He is from Andhra Pradesh and is suspected to be funding the manufacture of the drug," said an NCB official.

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