A revelation made by an accused, arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for smuggling 40 kg charas, could force many addicts of the drug to think twice before using it.
Keer Pyarelal (50), one of the accused, revealed during interrogation that the syndicates involved in the smuggling and peddling of charas have been mixing cow dung and frankincense to increase the volume of the drug.
The NCB arrested Pyarelal and Gurmeet Singh (24) at Prabhadevi on Sunday while charas, worth Rs 40 lakh, was about to change hands.
The two have been booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
Singh brought the charas from Jammu to Mumbai in a Maruti 800 car.
He drove around 2,000 km with the drug concealed in a fake cylinder and in cavities that were made in the car’s door panels and rear seat. The NCB team caught them while Singh was handing over the car to Pyarelal.
An NCB official said during questioning, Pyarelal revealed that even though it was high quality charas, it was to be mixed with cow dung and frankincense, to increase the volume and maximise profit.
“He told us the ratio of mixture is between 200 grams to 300 grams for every kg of the drug,” the official said.
This way, along with the increase in volume, the syndicate maximises its profit by selling it at the rate of pure and high quality charas.
Pyarelal also told NCB officials that good quality charas fetches anywhere from Rs 700 to Rs 1,500 per tola (10 grams). “He told us the price depends on the availability and demand of the drug,” the official said.
During Pyarelal’s interrogation, the NCB also got names of the drug peddlers to whom he was to supply the charas.
The NCB has started its search for the peddlers whose names and details were revealed by Pyarelal. Singh, was paid a commission of Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 for each trip he made to supply the drug from Jammu to Mumbai. The two accused were produced before a special NDPS Court on Friday, which remanded them in judicial custody until May 28.