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Pakistan Police busts international drug gang, arrests key members

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The Organised Crime Unit (OCU) of Lahore police has successfully dismantled an international drug syndicate known as the ‘Jordan Gang’, which has been operating for the last 12 years. Led by Ayub Khan, alias Jordan, the gang included four members from the same family and had its roots in Central Asia, Mexico, the US, and Canada. Their main operation was centred around supplying high-end narcotics in Lahore and Multan, with a particular focus on upper-class youth and selecting students at universities and other academic institutes.

OCU DIG Imran Kishwar confirmed the bust, highlighting that a comprehensive two-month intelligence operation led to the extraction of key gang members. The breakthrough came after the gang’s arrival in Pakistan was confirmed, leading to a series of coordinated raids in Phase VI of the DHA. Despite the arrests of several key members, Ayub Jordan remains at large, operating from Thailand.

The syndicate’s modus operandi involved smuggling illicit substances internationally through reputable courier services, often with the help of corrupt officials. Domestically, they utilized online platforms and covert groups to facilitate drug circulation within the country. The gang also employed social media to conduct drug deals, using fake IDs to maintain anonymity. Financial transactions were managed through numerous bank accounts, primarily in the name of a woman suspect, Samina Iftikhar, and her son Uzair.

During the raids, police seized a significant amount of narcotics, including 110kg of weed, 130 vapes, 4 kg of cannabis, 4 kg of ice, 130 gms of cocaine, and other related items. The

gang’s assets, earned through drug smuggling, were found to include three villas in the DHA in Lahore, allegedly used for drug storage and distribution.

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Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz was briefed about the racket following the arrests. The investigation is ongoing to trace the syndicate’s supply chain to lower-level distributors and end-users, shedding light on the deeper connections and activities of the cartel.

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