Mumbai Crime: Anti Narcotics Cell oppose bail of accused held in biggest drug bust

Updated: Apr 20, 2019, 12:14 IST | Suraj Ojha |

The police busted a massive drug deal worth Rs 1,000 crore and arrested four drug-peddlers in 2018 which was believed to be the biggest success notched by Mumbai Police so far

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Mumbai Crime branch's Anti Narcotics Cell (ANC) on Thursday opposed the bail application of four accused who were caught in connection with a drug case. The accused were arrested with 100 kilograms of fentanyl worth Rs 6900 crore in the international market and is said to be one of the world's biggest drug seizure ever.

In December 2018, four men were arrested for illegal possession of Fentanyl, a banned drug, with a value then calculated was worth Rs 1000 crore. These accused were nabbed by Azad Maidan unit at Vakola, Santacruz (East). The accused identified as Salim Dola, Ghanshyam Saroj and brothers Chandramani and Sandeep Tiwari were busted with four drums filled with the drug by the police.

According to the police, Fentanyl, an opioid is commonly used as an anesthetic to relieve pain but also abused for recreation purpose. This drug is fatal and has caused death of the consumers hence being banned under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS). An officer stated that this drug is very powerful and its demand is high in the market. The customers are mostly high profile people and it is reported that 1 kg of the drug costs Rs 10 crore in the international market.

According to the ANC, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) of new Federal agents, assisted by members of the Worcester, Northborough and Westborough Police Departments of Drug enforcement agencies (DEA) New England seized 50 kilos of N-Phenethyl-4-piperidinone (NPP) on 25th May 2017. This is commonly used for the illicit manufacture of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. They submitted in their report that if they convert 50 kilograms of NPP, it would theoretically yield up to 19 million fentanyl tablets with an estimated street value of over 570 million USD which is around Rs 3450 crore.

DCP Shivdeep Lande from ANC confirmed the FSL report and said if we convert 100 kilograms of NPP, it would theoretically yield up to 38 million fentanyl tablets and estimated street value will reach around Rs 6900 crore. Sources also revealed that the police, along with agencies in Mexico are looking into the matter as the drugs were scheduled to be delivered in Mexico. Also, Rs 1000 crore consignment has already been delivered to Mexico through the same chain and further investigation is underway.

Also Read: Maharashtra: Rs 112.94 crore worth of cash, gold, drugs seized by EC in 20 days

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