Kashmiri hashish seems to be the in-demand drug for addicts in the city. This year, the anti-narcotics authorities have seized around 311kg hashish worth Rs 6.2 crore.
The latest attempt to smuggle 61 kg hashish worth Rs 1.25 crore, was foiled by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Thursday, when they seized the truck with the drugs at Kharegaon in Thane. The NCB also arrested three people, including two Kashmiri youth.
A senior NCB official said Kashmiri hashish has a high demand in the city because of its purity. In all the cases, the accused had concealed the hashish in vehicles and brought it by road, the official added.
NCB officials said in the latest case, the accused, who concealed the drug in a cavity made above the driver’s cabin, reached Mumbai without being suspected despite heavy security in view of the Ayodhya judgement.
“They purposely kept the truck empty so that they were allowed to go immediately without being thoroughly checked,” the official said.
He said the accused chose a truck with a Haryana registration number. “If the truck had a Jammu and Kashmir registration number, then it would have been thoroughly checked,” he added.
According to the official, in such cases, the drugs can be seized only with prior information. “They are concealed so cleverly that it is difficult to find the drugs even if the vehicles are checked thoroughly,” he said.
The official said that in all the smuggling attempts, the accused were promised a commission of around Rs 3,000 per kg, irrespective of the number of people accompanying the carrier. “In the recent case, Shaukat Ali (19) and Asif (20) were promised close to Rs 2 lakh,” he said.