Mumbai: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested a Kashmiri youth on Tuesday, for trading cannabis, popularly known as charas. The accused has been booked under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and has been remanded in police custody for ten days.
According to sources, a team from Maharashtra ATS received reliable information about a Kashmiri youth coming to Thane to trade ‘cannabis’ on Monday. Acting on this tip-off, ATS dispatched a team of five officers and laid a trap near Shil-Kalyan Road. Keeping an eye on the public, ATS officials saw a youth matching the profile of the drug trader and intercepted him.
The youth tried to escape but was caught by ATS officials. When the ATS officials checked his duffle bag, they found 1.8 kilogram of cannabis which he had planned to sell to a client. ATS also seized one motorcycle, which he was using supplying drugs.
Further investigation into the case revealed the arrested youth was a resident of Pahalgam district and had come here to provide a special quality of charas to the client for testing. The ATS police have booked him under relevant sections of the NDPS Act on Tuesday and are further investigating to identify his customers.
Meanwhile, police are also investigating the accused accomplices and unearth if any gang is operating in the city or inter-state. The accused was produced in the Thane court on Tuesday and was remanded in police custody for 10 days.