The Anti-narcotic Cell (ANC) of Navi Mumbai police arrested a 49-year-old woman and confiscated a kilogram of mephedrone on Wednesday. A senior police officer said the market value of the contraband is about Rs30 lakh.
Acting on a tip-off, the police laid a trap near LP junction on Sion-Panvel highway in the wee hours of Wednesday and arrested Ajitha Begam, a resident of Cheeta Camp in Trombay, around 8am.
“We had received a tip-off that woman from Mumbai was coming to Nerul with some drugs. We immediately alerted our officials and deployed them at different places in the city,” said Vinod Chavan, senior inspector, ANC.
He added, “Within a few hours, our officials spotted a woman, similar to the descriptions we had received, near LP junction. She was carrying a plastic bag. Based on suspicion, our officials intercepted her. Upon checking her bag, they found a kilogram kg of mephedrone. She was arrested on the spot.”
Later, an FIR was later registered with Nerul police station and Begum was booked under section 8a and 22 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
The police are now investigating the source from which she procured the contraband and the prospective buyer. They are also trying to find out if more people are involved.
Last week, the ANC had a 42-year-old woman for allegedly selling drugs in Hanuman Nagar at Turbhe and recovered 6.48 gram of narcotics worth Rs 22,000 from her possession.