The Thane anti-narcotics cell arrested three persons and seized 600g of snake venom from their possession. The venom is valued at Rs 2,40,03,100.
Nashik resident Vijay Tiwari, 40, Diva resident Madanmohan Pandey, 34 and Navi Mumbai resident Pankaj Kumar, 36, were nabbed in a trap laid by the sleuths on Monday afternoon near Kopri skywalk.
The officials found the snake venom in two soft drink bottles. This major haul comes three days after the anti-narcotics cell arrested two Mumbai residents on Friday for illegally possessing 3mg of snake venom.
“During the interrogation of the two accused, we came to know there was more poison doing the rounds in the city. We started our investigation and laid a trap for the accused. The venom seized from them is probably that of king cobra. We are interrogating them as to from where they got it.
Snake venom, which is a banned substance, is used in the medical field for making life-saving drugs, anti-snake venom, in bypass surgery, anaesthesia, etc. But it can be misused as narcotic drugs or to kill someone,” said RP Shivdas, assistant commissioner of police (prevention).
Investigations are on to find out if there is an international racket dealing in snake venom. Police officials say that the two accused, who were arrested first, and these three accused could be part of the same gang.
“Tiwari is Pandey’s brother-in-law and has two lathe machines at Nashik. Pandey is an insurance agent and Kumar is an estate agent. None of them has a criminal record. They were middlemen in the case,” said Shivdas. The three accused have been remanded in police custody till September 30.