The anti-narcotics cell (ANC) of the Mumbai crime branch busted an inter-state drug racket and arrested five men and a woman for trying to sell 110 kg of ganja with a market value of Rs22 lakh. ANC sources said the four accused, including the woman, are from Bihar and sold cannabis in five states. The other two men are from Mumbai, they said.
Acting on specific information received by ANC chief DCP Shivdeep Lande, officials in plainclothes laid a trap in Mankhurd near the Octroi booth on Monday morning. The accused from Bihar came in a Bolero with the consignment and the two accused from Mumbai reached the spot in a taxi. They stopped the vehicles on a road side.
The ANC team led by inspector, Santosh Bhalekar, swooped on the accused when the drugs were being put into the taxi from the Bolero. A total of 110 kilograms of ganja was seized and the six people were placed under arrest. The Bolerao was brought to Mumbai from Bihar.
An ANC source said, “These accused are big dealers of cannabis. They used to supply drugs in states such as Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.” Officers Nitin Bodhe, Prashant More, Pramod Kumbhar and constables Nitish Bankar and Arun Kedar were part of the ANC team. The accused have been booked under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. They will be produced before a court by the ANC for their custody.