The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested three persons including two women from Kashmir who were allegedly running a hashish (charas) racket. NCB has seized ‘top quality’ hashish weighing 43.7 kilograms.
NCB sources stated that the contraband was being smuggled into the city and arrests were made based on intelligence. The women have been identified as Mehbooba, 35, and Mehroon, 65 while a Mumbai based local distributor Sajad, 35, has also been arrested. “Acting on information, we arrested the two women from Sri Nagar at Borivali station with help of Railway Protection Force (RPF) women police constables,” said Kumar Sanjay Jha, NCB zonal director, Mumbai and Goa region.
NCB sources stated that the women would to hand-over the contraband to Sajad, who was responsible for circulating the drug in the city. “Sajad was a local drug dealer who collected the money and used to send it to Kashmir. This operation is part of the ongoing process to clamp down on hashish. We have seized around 90 kilograms in total this year in cases made in January and June,” said Jha.
Investigations revealed that the seized hashish is of a good quality that would cost Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 per 10 gram. “The street value is much higher as it is sold after adulteration,” said Jha.