With arrested drug dealer Shashikala Patankar’s revelation that she was in touch with at least 10 more policemen, the Mumbai crime branch is getting the call records of the people she named, to check if they took money to overlook her illegal activities or acted as carriers.
According to the crime branch, the 10 personnel include officers and staff, who either worked with the anti-narcotics cell (ANC) or have served the department in the past.
The officials on Thursday got the custody of Manikkan Samuels, who allegedly supplied at least 150kg Mephedrone to Patankar, from the Arthur Road jail. “We have learnt Samuels had been supplying drugs to Patankar for the past two years. We are questioning him further,” said Atulchandra Kulkarni, joint commissioner of police (crime).
Samuels has been smuggling Mephedrone through postal couriers and has two narcotics cases against him. He was introduced to Patankar by a policeman. The duo became friends, after Samuels met her brother who lodged in the same jail. Patankar used to exchange drug consignments with Samuels at eateries on the highway near Pune. Samuels claimed he got the drugs from another person, whom the crime branch is trying to locate.