The drug peddlers and buyers arrested outside a Juhu lounge on Sunday night, led the police to their suppliers in Andheri — resulting in two more arrests on Tuesday.
The Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) arrested two major peddlers from a slum behind Navrang Cinema near Andheri railway station, and recovered two kg of hashish — worth Rs 1.4 lakh in the domestic market, and Rs 20 lakh in the international market.
The ANC said Mulehasan Badrusardar Ansari alias Munna (28) and Sahil Abdul Rashid Ansari (19), both rickshaw drivers from Bhiwandi, had rented a room in Andheri's Dongar area, and were using it to break down bulk consignments of hashish into smaller portions for retail sale.
Both have been booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, for possessing commercial quantities of narcotics. ANC Police Inspector Mrityunjay Hiremath said, “Shahnawaz Shaikh, who was arrested on Sunday with 40 gm of hashish and one gm of cocaine outside the Juhu lounge, led us to these two.”
He added that Tuesday's Andheri raid had yielded 2 kg of hashish, and that his team is now questioning the duo to locate their sources. Shaikh will also be booked in this case along with Munna and Sahil for possessing commercial quantities of drugs.
It is suspected that Munna and Sahil are part of a much larger drug mafia operating in the city, supplying drugs across a network of low level drug peddlers.
The two will be presented before a court on Wednesday.