The Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of the Mumbai Crime Branch busted a gang of drug peddlers and seized 55 kg of charas worth Rs 44 lakh.
The agency made five arrests in three separate raids. ANC officers said the five men were involved in bringing contraband from Jammu and Kashmir in a Tata Indigo specially designed with cavities to conceal the drugs. The raids were conducted on the Western Express highway, near Masina hospital and at Oshiwara.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Deven Bharti said: “We got information that a large consignment of drugs was coming from Jammu and Kashmir for distribution in Mumbai, especially based on the expected surge in demand during New Year celebrations. We laid traps and in three separate raids conducted on Thursday and Friday last week, seized 55 kg of charas worth Rs 44 lakh. We have arrested five people, of which one, Salim Shaikh (55), is a major player in the drug business.” The four other arrested have been identified as Parshuram Bodke (56), Afaq Umar (40), Tariq Shaikh (28) and Mohammad Hussain (38).