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