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American held with hashish

  Drug racket busted with help from US authorities

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

KATHMANDU: Narco police in coordination with US authorities arrested Kristian Peter Stiegler (45), an American national, from his rented room in Swoyambhu with 1,140 gramme of hashish last week.

DIG Yadav Raj Adhikari, chief of the Narcotic Drug Control Law Enforcement Unit, said Stiegler and his sister in New Orleans had been involved in the international drug trade for the past two years.

‘’Stiegler used to send hashish to the woman via airmail in the form of parcels and the woman used to distribute the drug in black market for a hefty sum,’’ DIG Adhikari informed.

This came to the fore after two investigators from the US Drug Enforcement Administration arrived in Kathmandu to cooperate with the NDCLEU to bust the racket.

SSP Nawa Raj Silwal said they busted the international drug racket after authorities in Dubai intercepted two separate parcels containing the hashish that Stiegler had sent in the name of his sister.

Steigler has admitted to his involvement in hashish smuggling to the US and Europe via courier service.

“It shows that international drug operators are active in Nepal in different garbs. We have intensified vigil on suspects shuttling between Nepal and other countries,’’ SSP Silwal further said.

Stiegler has been charged under the Narcotic Drug (Control and Punishment) Act.

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