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Inside dope on the offshore drug raid: How NCB infiltrated cruise-liner party

Updated on: 04 October,2021 07:12 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Vishal Singh | vishal.singh@mid-day.com

Officials claim they planned op for more than a week and even sent six officers undercover on board vessel; but yet have little to show in their haul

Inside dope on the offshore drug raid: How NCB infiltrated cruise-liner party

Aryan Khan (second from right in rear seat) and Arbaz Merchant taken to Esplanade Court on Sunday. Pic/Atul Kamble


It took a week of elaborate planning for the Narcotics Control Bureau to bust a drug party that unfolded on a cruise mid-sea and arrest actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan on Sunday. The NCB pressed 25 of its officers on the job and six of them got on board the vessel in partywear. Sources said Aryan looked nervous during the security check, raising the NCB’s suspicion. 

A week ago, the NCB got a tip that some kids from affluent families were looking for drugs that they could carry for a mid-sea party, said sources. As officers dug more, they found out that the drugs were supposed to be used onboard the newly launched Cordelia Cruises that operates between Mumbai and Goa. “Till this time we had no clue about who these kids were,” said an NCB officer requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media. 




Cruise liner Cordelia where the party was bustedCruise liner Cordelia where the party was busted


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