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DJs face music in drug nexus

There’s more to pubs and discothèques than just the music, dance and booze. And a new breed of disc jockeys (DJs), allegedly doubling up as drug peddlers, has the police sniffing around these joints.

mumbai Updated: Nov 23, 2009 00:46 IST
Megha Sood

There’s more to pubs and discothèques than just the music, dance and booze. And a new breed of disc jockeys (DJs), allegedly doubling up as drug peddlers, has the police sniffing around these joints.

According to officers of the Mumbai police’s Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC), DJs are emerging to have a key role in the drug-peddling racket.

This came to light after the arrest of DJ Jolly alias Baljeet Singh of Hawaiian Shack, a pub in Bandra.

Singh, who was caught selling hashish to customers, has disclosed names of many DJs who are his clients and also push drugs.

“We had an inkling of DJs selling drugs after international drug peddler Dudu alias Driham David (45), a DJ from Goa, was arrested in Goa,” said an ANC officer requesting anonymity.

Dudu was known to Israeli DJ Ben Simons (who was popularly known as Technodrome). Simons was arrested from a Juhu pub, 72 degrees, last year for consuming and peddling drugs.

“Since then, we are eyeing DJs at all city pubs and discos,” said the officer.

The police have also been trawling social networking

sites, which they believe is a platform for exchange of such information.

It was through the Internet that they got a tip-off that people were to assemble at Juhu’s Vie Lounge to listen to a DJ playing “trance music” — a subtle codeword alluding to drug consumption. “We arrested drug peddlers from outside the pub,” said the officer.

“DJs do consume drugs intermittently. For this, they step out into a car or some desolate spot,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (ANC), Sunil Paraskar. “If a customer gestures to the DJ, he also ends up selling some contraband.”

He added that they would question the other DJs whom Jolly had named during his interrogation.

For DJs though, drug consumption seems to be a way of giving vent to work-related stress.

“Every day, DJs have to put up noise and stress that comes with blasting of loud music ,” said a DJ who refused to be identified. “It blasts your ears and mind too… Taking drugs becomes a necessity though it’s no excuse to sell drugs,” said the DJ who plays at a suburban pub.