Opium, brown sugar worth ` 1.5 cr seized, one ar­rested

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Of­fi­cers of anti-nar­cotics cell, Thane, show the drugs seized. Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A 30- year- old man was ar­rested by the anti- nar­cotics cell, Thane, on March 1 for pos­sess­ing 3.4kgs of opium worth Rs4.56 lakh.

The po­lice ar­rested Mo­hammed Rashid Mo­hammed Ak­bar Shaikh near Kalwa civil hos­pi­tal af­ter they got a tip-off.

The ac­cused was stay­ing near Nilje rail­way sta­tion, Dom­bivli, in a rented house.

Af­ter his ar­rest, the po­lice raided the ac­cused’s house and found 950gms of brown sugar whose mar­ket value is around Rs95 lakh.

Po­lice sub-in­spec­tor from ANC Thane, Amol Walzhade, said: “In Septem­ber, we seized 12kgs of cha­ras. While in­ves­ti­gat­ing that case, we got a tip-off about Shaikh. Dur­ing ques­tion­ing, he re­vealed the names of two other ac­cused — SK Owais Ajid, 40, and Rashidul­lah Shaikh, 33, both from west Ben­gal. We are on search­ing for the other two ac­cused.”

Walzhade said that Shaikh used to sell drugs in whole­sale and chose ar­eas such as Kalwa, Mum­bra, Hi­ranan­dani Mead­ows and Lokpu­ram (Thane), And­heri and Ban­dra in Mum­bai and Kharghar, Nerul and CBD Belapur in Navi Mum­bai. He did busi­ness in ar­eas which had col­leges.

The ac­cused has been carry- ing out the il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity for around five years.

Of­fences un­der sec­tions 8(c) and 17 of the Nar­cotic Drugs and Psy­chotropic Sub­stances (NDPS) Act have been reg­is­tered against the ac­cused, the po­lice said.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, t he ac­cused had been stay­ing in Kalyan for three to four years. He got ac­quainted with the lo­cals and pre­tended as if he was work­ing as a ma­son while ped­dling drugs.

Po­lice of f i cer f rom ANC Thane Manohar Ghadge said the ab­scond­ing two ac­cused were roped in af­ter as­sur­ing them of quick money. “The main ac­cused gave them Rs15,000 a month and asked them to carry out il­le­gal plan­ta­tion of opium plants. We have got their ID cards which show they are from West Ben­gal. We sus­pect the ac­cused are from Bangladesh. Fur­ther probe is on,” said Ghadge.

(With in­puts from agen­cies)

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