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Drug bust in Colaba flat, 11 held

india Updated: Jul 27, 2009 01:28 IST
HT Correspondent

The Anti-Narcotic Cell (ANC) officials busted a drug party in a sprawling flat at Colaba on Sunday morning.

Eleven people, including four women and two suspected cricket bookies — one of them was the host — were rounded up during the raid. The police seized 2 gm of cocaine and five grams of hashish.

The accused were booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Pre-vention) Act and were granted bail by the Esplanade court on a surety of Rs 5,000 each.

“At 2 am, the police got a tip-off about the drug party being held at Nanji Mansion, near the Sassoon Dock,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Vishwas Nangre Patil.

The sleuths raided the flat at 4.30 am. “It was just like any other weekend party. Low-decibel music was being played while alcohol and food was being served,” said one of the officers in the raid team on the condition of anonymity.

A small quantity of cocaine and hashish was recovered from those present. “It became clear that the drug was meant for consumption,” the officer said, adding that the police suspect synthetic party drugs could have been consumed earlier.

Patil said the blood and urine samples of those held would be sent for chemical analysis. The initial interrogation has revealed that the party was organised at the flat owned by Ranjit Batla (59), a trader and a suspected cricket bookie.

The police are investigating whether Batla had any past record of narcotics dealing or hosting drug parties.