A Mumbai police constable was arrested on Tuesday after 124 kilograms of drugs worth more than Rs 23 crore was seized from his house in Satara.
Dharma Kalokhe — attached with Marine Drive police station — was found in possession of 112 kg of mephedrone, which was confiscated from his house after a police raid.
Another 12 kg of the drug, which was recently added to the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, along with Rs 10,000, was found from his cupboard at Marine Drive police station.
The drug was neatly packed in 12 packets, each weighing a kg, said police officers.
Kalokhe, who was posted with the mills special section (an intelligence gathering section) of the Marine drive police station, had told his seniors that his father had passed away in Satara, and that he had to go to his native to perform the last rites.
However, after receiving a tip-off from a source, the Satara police raided his house and arrested Kalokhe. During investigation, police learnt that Kalokhe had lied, and that his father had died six months ago.
“Kalokhe had brought the drug from Mumbai in five travel bags. The drug was neatly packed in 125 packets and worth around Rs 22.40 crore,” said Deepak Humbare, deputy superintendent of police.
Kalokhe was produced before a local court, which remanded him in police custody till March 16.
Satara police are now examining the role of a travel agency in the case. They are also questioning the possibility of the constable having links in the recent seizure of 405 kgs of the drugs near Pune.
“We have formed five teams to probe the case, in which name of a travel agency is also coming up. We are examining its link with the seizure in Pune as well,” Humbare said.
Meanwhile, additional commissioner of police (south region), Krishna Prakash, said they would be initiating action under article 311 of the constitution to dismiss Kalokhe from services.