A day after he was arrested for the possession of 124kg of Mephedrone, Marine Drive police constable Dharma Kalokhe revealed to the Satara police on Wednesday that Baby Patankar, a woman at the helm of one Mumbai’s biggest drug mafia, had given him the consignment long ago, sources said.
Following the revelation, a team of officers from Satara police arrived in the city on Wednesday and searched Patankar’s Worli residence, but didn’t find the woman, or any of her family members.
Sources said Kalokhe was close to Patankar, and the two had made trips to Sawantwadi and Goa together.
Twelve kg of white crystal powder, suspected to be Mephedrone worth Rs2.35crore, was found from Kalokhe’s cupboard at the Marine Drive police station. It was given to Kalokhe so he would get rid of it, another police source said.
Meanwhile, Marine Drive police officers are investigating to see if Kalokhe was selling the drug to foreign nationals.
While searching his cupboard, officers of the Marine Drive police and Anti-Narcotic Cell also found currency notes of Indonesia and Philippines, bottles of expensive foreign liquor and Rs33,524 in cash. They also found 2gm of Opium.
To get more details, the city police filed a case against Kalokhe under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act on Tuesday evening.
At present, Kalokhe is in the custody of the Satara police, in connection with the seizure of more than 110 kg of the substance from his Satara residence.
“Officers are checking to see if the foreign liquor and currency notes were given to Kalokhe as payment by foreigners, in exchange for the substance,” an officer, requesting anonymity.