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Crime Branch sleuths bust cartel of MD suppliers

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
By Dev Kotak

Discover cache of 10 kg of party drug worth 1.50 cr, 2 arrested

Acting on a reliable tip-off from an informer, the Mumbai Police were able to prevent the sale and distribution of party drug MD (also known as Mephedrone) in the city.

The arrested pair are wholesalers and the contraband confiscated from them was meant to be distributed to several dealers, who then sell and supply the drug across the city.  With the bust of the gang, about 10 kg worth of the drug was recovered by the police which is approximately valued at 1.50 crore.

On July 13, a police informer provided information about his presence (with a consignment of drugs) of one of the suppliers after which a trap was laid to nab the accused. A team led by Inspector Mahesh Desai of Crime Branch Unit 9 reached the spot and the sleuths then noticed some unusual movements which aroused further suspicion. The main accused dealer was arrested from near the Sea Link bridge, near Nargis Dutt Nagar in Bandra West.

Upon frisking the Dongri resident, 1,055 gm was found in his possession. Post the seizure and arrest, Bandra police station registered a case and decided to probe further. During interrogation he confessed to having stored more contraband in his house. Post that seven kilograms more was recovered from his house.

On July 15, the second accused was also caught and is a resident of UP. After he was arrested he too told the cops about the presence of MD in his house. A little over two kilos from his house was confiscated.

The supply and areas for distribution targeted in South Mumbai were JJ, Byculla, Nagpada and Dongri.

"The duo have been distributing and selling drugs in the city for the past three, four years. However, a case against the pair has not yet been registered. We are further interrogating them. A third accomplice of theirs is on our radar, but has not yet been arrested. They are first timers and have no prior case history. We are looking for agents they have supplied to. We suspect some Nigerian peddlers to be involved. It was a challenge for us as the place of storage and production, transporters, peddlers all were anonymous for us. During the interrogation they revealed that they would use their own house for storage. The third accused is still at large, but the hunt is on. The pair used women as distributors," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime branch) Nisar Tamboli.

The accused have been remanded in police custody till July 18. They have been identified as Salim Ahmed Khan (45) and Noorul Huda who is between 58-60 years of age.

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