Mumbai drugs haul: Duo sold contraband to rich clients for Rs3,300 a gram
Investigation into the seizure of mephedrone by ANC officials revealed that the two accused from Mumbai sold the contraband to celebrities, aspiring actors and those from advertising industry...mumbai Updated: Feb 20, 2017 00:29 IST
Investigation into the seizure of mephedrone (MD) by officials from Anti-narcotics Cell (ANC) of the Mumbai Police crime branch have revealed that the two accused from Mumbai sold the contraband to celebrities, aspiring actors and those from advertising industry. The contraband was sold for Rs3,300 a gram.
Acting on a tip-off deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Shivdeep Lande, ANC chief , formed a special team which arrested four accused from Ghatkopar (East) on Friday evening and confiscated 2.4 kilograms of MD worth Rs48 lakh.
An ANC source said, “The accused sold the drugs to aspiring actors trying to make it big in films and television industry. They also sold the contraband to those from advertising professional. The crackdown has resulted in confiscation of 20.5-kg MD, worth Rs4.2 crore, in the last 45 days.”
He claimed the price of the contraband has almost doubled, as peddlers sell it at higher rates to high profile customers. The source said that while the street price has increased to Rs2,300 per gram, the same quantity is sold for Rs3,300 to rich clients.
Explaining the reason behind the growing demand for MD, an ANC official said the drug is indigenous unlike cocaine and heroin, which is imported, and is easier to consume. Most of all, its cheaper and readily available on the streets if one knows where to look for it.
Psychiatrist Dr Harish Shetty, who has treated people addicted to MD,said, “It provides high level of ecstasy and makes one fell happy and joyous. Now, even professionals are consuming it. The addicts lose weight and require rehabilitation, which takes a long time. Most cases of addiction are seen in the age group of 16-40 years.”
First Published: Feb 20, 2017 00:27 IST