The German national, who was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on May 3 from a hotel
at Sawantwadi for drug possession, had been visiting India every year since 2006 — except in 2010 — and spent several months at a stretch in the country.
Yashodhan Wanage, the zonal director (NCB) told the Hindustan Times that Ralf Diersmann, 40, was a radio and television technician and had also worked in an automotive company in Germany.
“Diersmann travelled to India every year and would stay during the tourist season between January and June,” Wanage said on Saturday.
“He also played the role of an extra in the movie Dum Maaro Dum,” Wanage said.
The NCB officer clarified that the German national had no links with any personalities from the Hindi film industry.
Wanage said Diersmann, who is also known as Mr Goose, had visited Hampi and Mumbai during his trips.
“He was a user himself,” Wanage told the Hindustan Times.
Dum Maro Dum, starring Abhishek Bachchan and Bipasha Basu, was released last month and is based on the drug mafia in Goa.
The NCB, acting on a tip-off, had raided Hotel Renuka Palace at Sawantwadi on May 3 and found 11 packets, containing 3.5kg of hashish, which was hidden in the false bottom of a trolley bag. The NCB arrested Krishna Singh, the occupant of the room.
During Singh’s interrogation, he was to deliver the said hashish to one “Mr. Goose” at Mackey Market in Goa.
A team of officers rushed to the place and intercepted Diersmann who was waiting for the delivery.
The NCB recovered two speaker boxes from Diersmann, which were also used to conceal the hashish. “This helped them evade detection,” the NCB said. Diersmann and Singh are currently in judicial custody.