The Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of the crime branch is on a special mission.
It is hunting for drugs that may be coming to the city during the approaching tourist season in Goa.
According to ANC sources, demand for narcotic drugs increases by three times during the tourist season. Since Mumbai is a transit point for Goa and other parts of the state, the inflow of drugs increase in the city as well.
“We have stepped up our efforts to curb the supply and sale of drugs. We have started special drives to stop the inflow of drugs into the city,” said an ANC officer on condition of anonymity. “Since the demand increases, peddlers from Goa come to Mumbai to get a bigger supply to last the entire season,” he added.
The ANC has mobilised all their informers in the city to keep an eye on small-time peddlers and the suppliers. “We have alerted them [informers] to pass on any information on peddlers in Mumbai or those arriving from other parts of the city to buy party drugs,” the officer said.
Officers also say that the city's drug trade has received major boost owing to drug peddlers who are now migrating from Goa to the city as they are unable to get a large supply there. “We will contact the Goa police so that we can be aware of the peddlers who might migrate to Mumbai to sell or buy contraband this season,” said the officer.
Sunil Paraskar, deputy commissioner of police (ANC), said: “We will continue the vigil and are investigating the links from Goa and other states to the city.”
On Friday, the ANC arrested three Nigerians while they were in the middle of a drug deal, one of them was a peddler from Goa.