The rising cases of smuggling of the highly-addictive party drug, mephedrone, also known as meow meow, into Mumbai, has now led cops to focus on peddlers involved in its supply.
To add to their worries, the police suspect the drug to be ‘homegrown’, with production units hidden in the outskirts. The development comes in the wake of over 20kg of meow meow being seized since the beginning of the year in the city.
“Meow meow is a synthetic stimulant drug. It is chemically similar to cathinone compounds, which are easily available with chemical and pharma dealers,” said an officer with the ANC.
Last week, the Ghatkopar unit of the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) arrested a 39-year-old man with 200gm of meow meow. The accused, identified as Yatin Sanghvi, is a resident of Pantnagar, Ghatkopar and works as a chemical and pharma agent, an official said. The cops are now investigating if Sanghvi had a larger involvement in supplying the chemicals to the makers.
On February 11, a political party post holder was also arrested from Andheri West with 1kg of meow meow. Few days later, four people were arrested with 2.4kg of the drug worth R55 lakh. On interrogation, the police learnt that the drug was to be supplied to some dealer in the posh locality of Oshiwara. “sources have told us that this dealer supplies drugs to film and TV artistes. We are investigating further," an official said. “Earlier, meow meow did not have a large reach among consumers. But, the drug has now found its way into colleges and is a hit among prominent personalities in Bollywood and TV. It’s a serious concern,” an official said.