Gangs and individuals in the drug trade are increasingly using the internet in general and social networking websites in particular to peddler their wares and even accept orders, almost like a delivery service. How are you planning to crack this new, virtual network?
We are very aware of the abuse of technology by drug syndicates. Investigations into various [busted] rave parties have thrown up the fact that the invitations for the drug rendezvous were made through social networking websites, using special code words. We are not sitting tight. In fact, a large part of the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell’s job is to constantly trawl cyberspace and track and decipher the key words on such invitations. In fact, we have been able to bust quite a few drug parties by cracking the codes on the e-invitations. We are constantly monitoring the Net.
Can you comment on the rise in circulation of synthetic drugs produced and stored in defunct factories and warehouses on the outskirts of Mumbai?
Several such suspected units in Thane district and along the border with Gujarat are currently under the scanner. We are in constant touch with the Narcotics Control Bureau to share intelligence. A lot of good work is being done.
There seems to be an increase in the use of high end or party drugs.
Yes, there has been. No one will deny this fact… Low-end drugs like ganja and charas are used by students, but high end drugs like cocaine, LSD, etc are found in the city’s party circuits. We have been taking action against the syndicates that smuggle and peddle these drugs
Rumour has it that many old smuggling channels, especially those manned by the Dawood gang, are being revived. Is this true?
The D Company has a history of drug-smuggling, especially by [top Dawood aide] Iqbal Mirchi. We are alert to that possibility.