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Drug trail leads cops to Bollywood

india Updated: Sep 03, 2009 01:53 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
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A drug bust at Bhavan’s College in July has led police to cocaine-happy Bollywood.

After a peddler arrested outside Bhavan’s College named them during interrogations, two Nigerian drug peddlers were arrested in Bandra with 10 gm of cocaine on August 27 — and it turns out they’ve acted as extras in a fair share of Hindi potboilers.

The police are now checking to see if they supplied drugs to the film industry.

The two, Pascal Sunday (31) and Agikiyal Patrick (30), were arrested near Globus mall on Hill Road on August 27, while they were waiting to sell cocaine worth Rs 30,000.

“The peddler caught for supplying drugs to students near Bhavan’s College on July 9, had named Sunday as a supplier. During Sunday’s interrogation, we found out he has worked as a bodyguard and junior artiste in films like Kidnap, Welcome, Jannat and 10 others,” said Inspector Mritunjay Hiremath, Anti-Narcotics Cell, Bandra.

The police have now arrested Sunday in the Bhavan’s College case as well.

They said Sunday, who lives at Kalina, also owns a house at Mira Road and has a hideout at Oshiwara.

He peddles drugs in pubs in Bandra and Juhu, and also has customers at Film City, Goregaon.

Patrick, according to ANC officers, is a film coordinator who supplies Nigerian extras for bit roles in films.

“Their customers contact Patrick since he’s the coordinator, the two then deliver the drugs,” said Hiremath.

“We assume they also supply cocaine to the film fraternity. We searched Sunday’s house but didn’t find anything. We’re trying to locate the source of his drugs.”