The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Saturday seized a consignment of party drug Mephedrone, also called M-Cat or meow-meow, valued at around Rs 90 lakh from three persons linked to a Mumbai-based Nigerian drug racket.
ATS Sub Inspector C.R. Jadav said the three persons were arrested from around Chikhli area of Navsari in south Gujarat following a tip off.
Gaurang Virjibhai Chandel, 23, a native of Kathvadi Machhivad village in Valsad who is into boat business in Mumbai, Nimesh Jayantibhai Patel, 37, of Halar in Valsad and Bhavesh Ishwarbhai Patel, 27, a resident of Gandevi in Navsari, were nabbed near Bagladev temple located besides Valvada-Chikhli highway.
According to ATS, Chandel had brought 894.63 grams of Mephedrone, also known as 4-methyl methcathinone or 4-methyl ephedrone, and synthetic stimulant drug from a member of a Nigerian drug racket in Mumbai. The trio was caught while Chandel was delivering it to Nimesh and Bhavesh.
The price of Mephedrone, a banned drug, in the international market is estimated at Rs 1 crore a kg, and the seized drug is around Rs 89.66 lakh, Jadav said. Two old two-wheelers were also seized from the three, he added.
He said the Chikhli police were investigating what was the drug’s final destination and efforts were on to get at the Nigerian national who delivered the drug to Chandel.