Mumbai police to focus on drug peddlers who target struggling actors, models in Lokhandwala
Police crackdown to focus on city’s western and northern suburbsmumbai Updated: Jan 23, 2018 10:34 IST
The anti-narcotics cell (ANC) of the Mumbai police has decided to focus their attention on the western and northern suburbs of the city. The ANC officials said this is because drug peddlers are targeting aspiring actors and models who stay in areas like Oshiwara and Lokhandwala.
Officials said that of late their informers have been telling them about the increasing problem of peddlers taking strugglers in the city for a ride and also targeting rich kids from this area to ensure the sale of drugs is high. “The ANC has decided to target these peddlers and in a way send a stern message to peddlers across the city. This is the reason we have kept a watch on these areas and have arrested a few people too,” an ANC official said.
So far, the area sees a high demand of cocaine and mephedrone (MD). Initially, cocaine was in high demand but was costly and was replaced by MD, however, after the increased crackdown on MD, cocaine is back in demand, another official added.
Moreover, western suburbs have had notoriety attached to it for a long time. The anti-terrorism squad (ATS), Maharashtra, had, in July 2015, busted an MD manufacturing factory in an Oshiwara building. ATS teams raided the flat and seized 151.5 kgs of MD worth Rs30 crore. As per officials, the four people arrested had been manufacturing MD for 2-3 years outside the state. MD then was not covered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and after it was brought under NDPS from February, 2015, they moved to Mumbai. “Since June 5, 2015 the four, along with a few others, took the flat on rent and started a small factory and produced MD in bulk,” said an ATS official.
Deputy commissioner of police (ANC) Shivdeep Lande said they were keeping a watch on peddlers in the western suburbs apart from other parts of the city.