“A packet of Aishwarya.” That’s what a gram of cocaine is being called by those looking for a stash for their New Year parties.
The code words don’t end there. Suppliers are calling hashish ‘Katrina’, while ketamine hydrochloride has been codenamed ‘Rakhi’.
Buyers and sellers of narcotics, known to troll the city’s party spots every New Year’s Eve, are using these code words to stay under the police radar.
“We are tracking the codes and will keep a watch on pubs and party spots,” said a Narcotics Control Bureau officer on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media. He said agencies suspect that drug dealers will look to cash in on December 31 and are keeping their eyes peeled for them.
It’s not just popular actors’ names that are being used. A drug party is being called a baithak (meeting), while a rave party is being called “420”.
Cocaine is also being called ‘coco cola’, ‘cola’ and ‘white’; hashish has been nicknamed goli (tablet) or ‘black’.
If, at a pub, someone asks for a ‘tissue’ he or she is likely to be seeking LSD, a hallucinogen. Heroin is being sold as ‘brown’.
Even party spots have been given code names. The invitation to a rave party at Madh Island would simply ask you to come to ‘midland’, while it would be ‘garden’ for Gorai. Ghodbunder Road in Thane has been named ‘Kalaghoda’ and Yeoor ‘jungle’.
‘Sea face’, meanwhile, is the code word for Goa.