As the Thane police continue their crackdown on ephedrine stocks, a team from the anti-narcotics cell (ANC) of the Mumbai police is checking for possible Mumbai links in the Thane police’s seizure of ephedrine worth over Rs2,000 crore last Saturday and another haul on Thursday.
A source in the Mumbai police said it is possible that the drug racket has roots in Mumbai and that the police are checking with their informers. However, they have found no concrete links so far, said the source.
On April 16, the Thane police seized ephedrine worth over Rs2,000 crore from Solapur. They made another huge seizure of the drug on Thursday and are in the process of calculating the exact amount seized.
The Thane police’s investigation has so far led them to Gujarat, Navi Mumbai and remote areas in the state. The police discovered the racket with the arrest of Nigerian national Okhay Sipren Chinnas from Vartak Nagar. They recovered half a kilo of ephedrine, worth Rs12.5 lakh, from him.
Officials in the Mumbai ANC said they were cross-checking the details of various suspects arrested by the Thane police, including their phone records, to ascertain if the racket has links in Mumbai.
The police are also inspecting a few pharma companies to check for pilferage, especially because one of the suspects arrested works with a pharmaceutical company in Navi Mumbai.
Incidentally, there have been very few ephedrine seizures in Mumbai. No cases related to the drug have been registered since the start of 2015. In 2014, the ANC and the Mumbai police recorded only four ephedrine seizures. They arrested six people and recovered 35.394 kg of the drug, worth Rs 33 lakh, from them.