Mumbai: The Anti-Narcotics Cell’s (ANC) constant crackdown on drug peddlers near schools and colleges led to the seizure of various drugs and seven arrests across the city. Also, the Powai police has arrested a 65 year-old woman for carrying 2kg cannabis worth `2.35 lakh.
According to police, a total of five raids were conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday outside schools and colleges in Mumbai and several peddlers were apprehended and drugs seized. On Tuesday, while patrolling the streets of Mankhurd, police caught two persons selling drugs red-handed, and arrested them. The accused, Ram Krishna Mupnaar (45) and Arjun Vilas Rethe (34), were selling the weed, and had 2.1 kgs ganja worth `42,000.
In another case, acting on a tip-off, a peddler, Nafis Suleman Khan (49), was held from Kurla (W) and 21 grams of Mephedrone drug worth `42,000 was seized. In yet another case, a 21-year-old youth, Rajesh Hanumanta Potsul, was arrested in possession of 60 grams of Mephedrone drug, aka MD, worth `2,40,000. Potsul was apprehended from Dongri area, where he mainly supplied drugs to underage and college students, said police.
The Kandivali unit of ANC arrested a duo, Rajesh Wange (38) and Suraj Jadhav (19) for possessing 1.2 kgs cannabis worth `24,000 from Kurar village in Malad (E). After constant efforts, the ANC also arrested a 32-year-old peddler, Sarfaraz Sabir Ali Khan, wanted in over 10 cases registered in Wadala division said police.
ANC chief Shivedeep Lande said, “We are constantly working towards eradicating the use of drugs, which has seen a growing trend recently. The anti-drug drives are being undertaken across the city. We have raided many places, arresting over 100 peddlers in a year.” In a similar crackdown by Powai police, a 65-year-old woman, a peddler, Ajgari Begum Sayyed Ali, from Filterpada area in Andheri (E) on Wednesday. Over 2kgs of cannabis worth `2.35 lakh, was found on her during the checking. The accused persons held for drug peddling and possession case were booked under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, said the top cop.