Mumbai: Drug worth Rs 1,000 crore seized just days before New Year’s Eve

Mumbai: Theanti-narcotic cell of Mumbai Police has seized 100 kilograms of one of thedeadliest synthetic drugs, fentanyl, valued at Rs 1,000 crore from four drugpeddlers in Vile Parle, on Wednesday. Police suspect the involvement of abigger syndicate.

On Wednesday, based on a tip-off, police swooped on a carand a scooter parked at Shastri Nagar in Vile Parle and arrested four peddlers,identified as Salim Dhola, 52, Chandramani Tiwari, 41, Sandeep Tiwari, 38, andGhanshyam Saroj, 43, and seized 100kg of fentanyl stored in containers. Accordingto police, the drug consignment was to be flown by air cargo to Mexico, fromthe Mumbai International airport.

Preliminary investigations have revealed the drug may havebeen manufactured in pharmaceutical units located in areas like Palghar, Vapi,south Gujarat and other locations on the Maharashtra-Gujarat border. One of theaccused during interrogation revealed that the consignment was received fromGujarat, from where it was taken to a Bhiwandi warehouse, said police. FromBhiwandi, it was to be brought to Mumbai and sent to Mexico before the NewYear.

According to Shivdeep Lande, deputy commissioner of police, anti-narcotics,said, “After December 31, the value of the drug will plummet and the peddlersare desperate to smuggle it in anyhow before New Year’s eve, to earn heftycommissions. Local and international peddlers usually cash in on addicts’weakness. We have sent out police teams to Bhiwandi, Gujarat, local offices inMumbai and other concerned agencies, for further investigation. The entireoperation was well-planned, the drug containers had no labels, to avoidattracting the attention of immigration and the customs officials.”

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