Officials from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) have detained four people, including the scion of transport company Konduskar Travels, and have recovered more than 400 kg of mephedrone, which goes by the street name MD, or meow meow.

The Rs 40 crore seizure of the deadly party drug makes it one of the biggest confiscations in the state after it was brought under the stringent Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

After receiving a tip-off, DRI officials stopped a Maruti Swift on Monday morning near Urse toll naka on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, and found around 50 kg of the drug. Based on the information received, officials then raided a factory in Sangli district and recovered another 355 kg of mephedrone.

Big catch
“We have detained four people, including Ravindra Konduskar, who also owns Onkar Industries, from MIDC in Islampur,” said a DRI official. Ravindra’s brother, Abhijit Konduskar, was arrested in June 2011 with 200 kg of ketamine, a date rape drug.

Officials said this was one of the biggest seizures of the party drug after it was brought under the NDPS Act. Mephedrone is popular among youngsters in Mumbai, Goa, and Ahmedabad, as it is cheaper than cocaine. It is known to decrease weight, lower inhibition levels and allow the person to function without sleep for days.

“After the ban, peddlers are now busy shifting their stock to safe hideouts, and the DRI, Narcotics Control Bureau and Mumbai police’s Anti-Narcotics Cell are trying to seize the contraband during transit,” said the official.