The police seized 376 kg charas worth more than Rs 3.76 crore in the Indian market and nabbed two accused for delivering it in Mumbai on Sunday.
“The duo was in a Tavera, wherein 12 boxes of charas were found, packed in boxes with the name of Himachal Apples. They said they loaded the consignment from Kalher near Bhiwandi and planned to deliver it in the city,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (crime) Prashant Burde.
“While the Indian market rate of charas is Rs 1 lakh per kg, the seized quantity is valued at Rs 10 lakh per kg in the international market, amounting to nearly Rs 38 crore,” Burde added.
Manpada resident Chunnilal Kumar (32) and Kolshet resident, Pawan Wadhwa (33) were arrested from Ghodbunder Road. They were produced in court on Monday and remanded in police custody till Friday
The police were helped by the vigilance squad of Thane Municipal Corporation’s octroi department. The squad was stationed near the Balkumb toll naka. On seeing the Tavera, the squad asked them to stop but they sped away.
The squad chased the vehicle and stopped the accused near Kapurbawdi.
The police are investigating if there is a larger drug racket behind the consignment.
“This was well planned and cannot be the handiwork of a single or few persons. There has to be a gang’s involvement. We have sent the samples for laboratory testing,” said Burde.
The two accused reportedly have no criminal records.