The city police found itself in the middle of yet another scandal when an assistant commissioner of police was arrested by the crime branch with a consignment of 1.54 kg of brown sugar from Worli on Tuesday afternoon.
Assistant commissioner Ashok Baburao Dhable, 53, currently on deputation with the protection of civil rights department of the Maharashtra police, had kept the contraband in his official vehicle (MH 15 AA 4507).
He was with Amar Singh alias Munna, a narcotics smuggler from Uttaranchal, who lives in Bandra.
Additional commissioner of police (crime) Deven Bharati told the Hindustan Times that Unit 4 of the crime branch received information that a drug deal was likely to take place at Worli Dongri early on Tuesday.
The crime branch laid a trap and both Dhable and Singh, 45, were arrested.
Initial interrogation revealed that the contraband was smuggled in from Jammu and Kashmir via Bhopal and was meant for circulation in the local market.
The local price of the seized drugs has been estimated at Rs15 lakh while it would fetch around Rs1.5 crore in the international market, Bharati said.
The police are yet to find out the detailed antecedents of Singh, who supplied the contraband to the police officer, and how Dhable got in touch with him.
Dhable has a chequered career in the department. In 2008, excise department officials caught him at Mulund check naka with 15 bottles of alcohol, which he was trying to smuggle into the city.
He had bought the liquor from Daman, a tax-free zone, and was trying to ferry it into the city once again in his official vehicle. He was put under suspension following the incident.
Crime branch sources said that an inquiry is on against Dhable in central Mumbai where he was allegedly extorting money from businessmen by posing as an income tax officer.
Deputy commissioner of police (Zone 5) Aswathi Dorje was unavailable for comments despite several attempts.
Sources said Dhable was also involved in corruption cases when he was posted with the traffic department.