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Cops trawl Net sniffing party drugs

india Updated: Aug 02, 2009 02:20 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
Cops trawl Net sniffing party drugs

An 18-year-old college student posted a message on the Party Goers community on Facebook saying he loves trance music and wants to be at rave parties. He can afford to buy drugs, he says, and asks other members to inform him of any rave party that may be happening.

It’s a message rave party organisers and drug peddlers would like to respond to — which is why they’re also not what they appear to be. The 18-year-old is actually an inspector from the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of Mumbai police.

ANC officials have posted profiles on social networking sites posing as party animals after they realised drug-sellers tap into such messages regularly to find consumers.

“Invites for two parties we busted had been sent out through social networking sites. We want to keep tabs on such sites so we can catch peddlers and consumers,” said Mrityunjay Hiremath, inspector at ANC.

Cops have also roped in youngsters to help them with modern lingo and code language (a trance music party, for instance, means one where drugs would be available). So far, the plan seems to have worked; Hiremath has received three replies to requests for information on rave parties.