Mumbai: Man who sold drugs to college kids finally arrested

Updated: Feb 17, 2018, 19:02 IST | Santosh Wagh | Mumbai

Days after arrest of key MD supplier in Kurla area, cops arrest Akbar Shafi Sheikh, who claims he procured drugs from Nigerian national

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In a major crackdown on the drug menace in the city, the Kurla Police have arrested Akbar Shafi Sheikh alias Khau, who allegedly supplied mephedrone (MD) to local students as well as those in Bandra colleges. Police sources said 20 gram MD worth R40,000 was recovered from Khau, who was nabbed near Royal Hotel, Kurla West.

In December 2017, ahead of New Year festivities, the Mumbai Police had launched a clean-up operation to wipe out the narcotic menace in the city. Last week, the Bandra unit of the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of Mumbai had nabbed drug peddler Sarfaraz Sabirali Khan, alias Bhoora, who allegedly supplied MD to bikers in the city. The ANC seized 60 gram of MD valued at R1.20 lakh from Bhoora.

Sources said that police inspector Sadanand Rane and sub inspector Karpe had acted on a tip-off about a peddler visiting the Kurla West area during the weekend. A Kurla police officer said, "We laid a trap across the locality and arrested Khau near SG Barve Marg."

According to police sources, Khau divulged some shocking information during his interrogation. The officer said, "Khau revealed that he received his drug consignments from a Nigerian national based out of Cotton Green. He said the latter also targets college goers. Now, it's perhaps lucrative for peddlers to sell MD because its price has rocketed to R2,000 per gram from R100 in just two years. So, it's likely that foreign nationals are trying to make more money by shifting to MD from drugs like cocaine."

Akbar Shafi Sheikh alias Khau
Akbar Shafi Sheikh alias Khau

The officer confirmed that Khau was arrested from the same area from where Bhoora was arrested on Friday. "We are trying to find out if Khau and Bhoora operated together because they supplied drugs in the same locality."

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