Turbhe MIDC police arrested a 34-year-old with 40 grams of methaqualone worth Rs 1,20,000 from Pawne near Turbhe on Tuesday evening. The man had come there to sell the contraband, the police said.
The methaqualone is a sedative drug and possession of the contraband is punishable.
Pratap Yadav, a police constable attached to Turbhe MIDC police received a tip-off that a man around 30 to 35 years will come to deliver the contraband along the service road in Pawane.
Based on the tip-off, the Turbhe MIDC police formed two teams and laid a trap near the site. Around 5.45 pm, a man was seen roaming suspiciously for some time. The police caught and frisked him and found a white substance in a transparent plastic pouch. When a senior police official checked the accused, he found the contraband.
The man identified as Gorakha Dashrath Kasar, a resident of Shahbaz village in Belapur, had come to sell the contraband. “The methaqualone is worth Rs 1,20,000 and we are investigating how did he get it and to whom he was supposed to deliver”, said a police official from Turbhe MIDC. The police also seized a mobile phone worth Rs 25,000 from him.
Meanwhile, a case has been registered against Kasar under section 21(A) and 8C of NDPS Act 1985.
In September 2020, Anti-Narcotic Cell (ANC) of Navi Mumbai police arrested two persons with 35 grams of contraband worth Rs 85,000. The arrested were identified as Sarfaraz Rustam Shaikh (36), a salesman by profession and resident of Bandra in Mumbai and Khalil Ali Khan (47), a tin maker by profession and resident of Santa Cruz in Mumbai.