Mumbai: 48 kg marijuana seized at airport, three arrested

Staff ReporterUpdated: Sunday, May 01, 2022, 10:04 AM IST
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Mumbai: A major consignment of high quality hydroponic marijuana imported from California, US was seized by the Airport Special Cargo Commissionerate Mumbai.

A total of 47 kg high curated quality weed cookies and brownies used for recreation in high circle party circuits was seized by Mumbai Customs Zone 3 from a leading courier services at the Mumbai Airport Customs Courier Centre.

Customs officials intercepted a package with 910 grams of Marijuana concealed in an Air Purifier originating from California, US. Intelligence was developed with the help data analytics by Indian Customs at International Courier Terminal of CSMI Airport three more parcels were intercepted.

Intensive search led to seizure of high quality hydroponics marijuana weighing 27.478 kilograms which was hidden in various household items like Outdoor Waterfall, Faux Leather Chair and Propane Gas Fire Pit Barbeque.

The high quality cuarted marijuana of North American commands a premium of Rs 3000 upwards per gram in high profile party circuits.Customs officers disguised as auto rickshaw drivers and delivery men mounted 'controlled delivery' of dummy parcels of identical shapes and looks to nab the actual recipient of the naroctics consignments.

A sustained surveillance of targeted addresses by undercover Customs officers in the guise of auto drivers and delivery men led to the arrest of an accused while taking accepting the dummy consigment which led them another accused who was supposed to collect the contraband package.

The third accused and mastermind of the operation was arrested subsequently and search at his Vashi residence led to seizure of another 20 kilograms of marijuana and 120 grams of hashish. Amongst the the seized contraband were several packets of cookies and brownies labelled as Nightmagic Cookies, Party Progress etc.

The arrested accused identified as John Peter Monterio, Ashish Bharti and Sunil Pawar imported narcotics from abroad and supplied them to niche high end party circuits.

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