The anti-narcotics cell of the Mumbai crime branch arrested a businessman for allegedly possessing one kilogram of mephedrone (MD) drug worth Rs20 lakh in Andheri (West) late on Friday. The accused, Sunil Dhutiya, 42, runs an international courier service and is reportedly a political party worker.
Acting on a tip off that Dhutiya is a drug smuggler, a special team was formed by ANC chief, DCP Shivdeep Lande. The team led by inspector Santosh Bhalekar of the ANC laid a trap near Infinity mall in Andheri (West).
The accused arrived in a Mahindra XUV500, which had the symbol of a political party embossed on the number plates and the windshield. A police source said, “Dhutiya used his position as a political party worker and the car with the party symbol to evade suspicion during nakabandis and police patrolling.” The accused waited near the mall as the second accused Vicky Nadar, 25, came to take a sample of drugs. When the drugs exchanged hands, the police swooped in and arrested both of them.
The police are now trying to find the owner of the car and investigation is underway to find out if Dhutiya exported the drug. Dhutiya was produced before a magistrate court and remanded in police custody till February 17. If convicted, he may face 20 years in jail.