Drug bust: Telangana cops sniff out role of AP inspector in racket

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HYDERABAD: In what appeared to be routine drug haul arrests for Rachakonda cops has now suddenly led sleuths to a possible cop-drug mafia nexus, officials said on Tuesday. Days after police arrested five pedlars and seized Rs 1 crore worth drugs, including cocaine and heroin, the accused during sustained interrogation claimed that the package was given to them by a police officer they identified as Surender Reddy alias Suri Babu. On March 9, SOT sleuths of Malkajgiri arrested P Kanakaraju (34), a driver from Seethampeta in Visakhapatnam, at Karmanghat with cocaine and heroin. Based on his confession, police on March 13 arrested Md Abed (48), a tobacco businessman from Nellore. They later picked up M Omkar (27), a driver from Nellore; G Chakradhar (48), a priest from Warangal; and K Rajasekhar (27), a driver from Nellore. During interrogation, the accused confessed they obtained the drugs from Abed's friend, Amjad of Nellore who in turn was allegedly handed over the contraband by an AP cop identified as Suri Babu. Further probe revealed that Suri Babu's original name was Surender Reddy and he is an inspector of AP police.