A heroin smuggling racket, with its network spread across the globe, was busted by the Narcotics Control Bureau in Delhi on Sunday. The anti-drug body has arrested seven people, including two foreigners, and seized drugs worth Rs 48 crore.

The arrested foreigners are a man from Africa and a woman from Myanmar.

The investigative agency added that the mastermind, who is abroad based, used the international courier route due to restrictions on passenger flights amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier in September, the NCB seized 970 gm of heroin in a courier package and then the investigation began. The investigative body replaced the heroin packet with a dummy parcel to bust the syndicate.

“The controlled delivery mechanism empowers NCB to keep the parcel delivery alive, even after seizing the contraband and replacing the same with the dummy parcel,” NCB Deputy Director (Operations) KPS Malhotra said in a statement.

Following the “controlled delivery mechanism”, the NCB reached a hotel in Mahipalpur and arrested the five accused drug dealers. Wahid, Mohsin, Shahjahan, Hanif and Munnasir are among the Indian nationals arrested by the NCB in the hotel.

The arrested drug dealers then revealed during the interrogation that an African national and his Burmese assistant were also part of the racket.