In January 2019, around 200 paan beedi shops around schools and colleges in Mumbai were demolished by the police with the BMC's help. Drugs worth Rs 49 lakh have also been seized from the West Zone alone. "These paan beedi shops play a major part in addiction because students begin with tobacco products and cigarettes and then gradually take to drugs. Hence, the order to demolish the ones around schools and colleges in the next one month," said Joint Commissioner Law and Order Deven Bharti.
In 2017, the 25-year-old son of a Juhu-based actor came under the scrutiny of the police for allegedly supplying his friends in Mumbai with the psychedelic drug LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) from the United States. The drug is being smuggled in the form of acid stamps, similar to postal stamps, which have to be placed under the tongue and are capable of providing a kick that lasts 12 hours after peaking in two or three hours.
Drug sellers have now turned to neighbourhood fruit and vegetable sellers to peddle their wares. Since April 2018, the ANC has held three such vendors and one food stall owner for peddling charas and 'meow meow'. The latest such arrest was when ANC branch nabbed vegetable vendor Suraj Gupta after they received a tip-off about him selling MD in a vegetable market near Goregaon check naka
Looks like chocolate? Don't eat it! Drug peddlers in South Mumbai were caught trafficking cocaine to college-going youths in the guise of toffees. According to a report, the drug was being distributed in small cocaine sachets, also called, 'love sips' or 'love drops'
According to ANC officials, many fruit vendors order apples from Kashmiri fruit suppliers because they are comparitively cheaper and in demand. These suppliers conceal the charas inside the apple boxes and use trucks to deliver them to Mumbai without any trouble from security authorities.
Officials of the Mumbai Customs Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) arrested a passenger, who was trying to smuggle over 4 kg of Methamphetamine and Ephedrine out of the country by concealing them in roti makers. The value of the seized drug is estimated to be nearly Rs 4 crore in the international market
Drug peddling has been a family business for the Shaikhs for at least the last three decades. Abdul inherited the trade from his father-in-law Ismail Jadiya in the 1980s. Jadiya was the top drug peddler of his time. Abdul passed the baton to his wife Nazma, son Arif, daughters Rubina and Rehana and their husbands Abdul Karobari and Kayamuddin Khan. The entire family used to run an organised syndicate from Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh to Mumbai and Thane.
ANC officials recovered 55 grams of MD worth Rs 1.10 lakh from drug peddler Abdul Gani, also known by his alias Papa Bakree. Sources said Gani is part of the infamous Pathan gang, which is currently working with one Chikna drug company. He was popular for being an ace biker, known for delivering drugs to as many as 40 local dealers within half an hour
Be it charas or ganja, a sting operation by mid-day at three posh suburban colleges - SNDT, NMIMS and Mithibai - exposed how these are made easily available to all students, considering they are sold right outside the campus during college hours
A tip-off to a cop in Manipur posted as an election observer led to the busting of a drug racket trying to establish its roots in the vicinity surrounded by the artists of Bollywood and TV soaps. Following the seizure of 2,400 kilograms of Meow Meow drugs worth Rs. 48 lakhs, the anti-narcotics cell (ANC) sleuths have also learned that the racket had its connections in three states of country including Gujarat, Punjab and Mumbai
Mumbai police revealed a unique operandi of drug traffickers in inter-state racket. Drug dealers luring families from Bihar and UP with free trips to Mumbai and using them as cover to transport cannabis
From apples to roti makers to toffees, these are some of the shockingly creative ways criminals are using to transport and peddle narcotics in India. Here are few cases which we have dug out!
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