Everyone wants to ring in the New Year on a ‘high’, but it’s essential to stay within the limits of the law. In a joint operation, Unit X of Mumbai crime branch and the Anti Narcotics Cell (ANC) have nabbed three people and confiscated around 13 kilograms of Ketamine that was transported to the city for New Year’s Eve. Cops have also arrested a driver from the postal department, who they believe aided the movement of the dope in a government vehicle.


(From left) Ramshiromoni Pandey, Vidyaprasad Tiwari and Santoshkumar Singh were all arrested for smuggling Ketamine into the city

Unit X assistant police Inspector Rauffique Shaikh along with ANC officer Satish Raorane intercepted three people at Sakinaka, Andheri. The offenders, who were identified as Ramshiromoni Pandey, Santoshkumar Singh, and Vidyaprasad Tiwari, are all residents of Nallasopara. “Pandey works as driver with the Worli post office, and we have seized around 7 kg of Ketamine from him,” said Kishore Jadhav, deputy commissioner of police, ANC.

 

“Four kilograms of the drug were found with Singh and two on Tiwari,” he added. Police have learnt that Pandey was also in touch with the accused who were arrested by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) for operating a Ketamine factory in Jalgaon a fortnight ago. DRI had seized around 1,175 kg of the drug, worth Rs 120 crore. “We have arrested Pandey, who we suspect is the kingpin in the racket, and he was going to sell the Ketamine to a party for New Year’s Eve. We are trying to establish from where he procured the merchandise. He is arguing that a friend kept the bag with him, but we doubt it,” said API Shaikh.

Pandey claimed that the driver of the main accused arrested by the DRI during the Jalgaon bust was his friend, and he used to steal Ketamine and then give it to him. Cops also said that Pandey, being a postal worker, likely used government vehicles to ferry the drug within the city limits.