Sangli Drug Bust: Mumbai Crime Branch Seizes 122 Kg MD Drugs Worth ₹ 254 Crore In Factory, Owner Arrested; Major Mafia Ties Suspected

Sangli Drug Bust: Mumbai Crime Branch Seizes 122 Kg MD Drugs Worth ₹ 254 Crore In Factory, Owner Arrested; Major Mafia Ties Suspected

Earlier, a Pune Police team had seized 150kg of mephedrone by raiding three locations in Kupwad in Sangli district and arrested three persons

Vishal SinghUpdated: Thursday, March 28, 2024, 12:50 AM IST
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Mumbai Crime Branch has busted a factory in Sangli district of Maharashtra. From where the Crime Branch has seized about 122 kg of MD drugs and arrested a total of 6 people. Police have arrested the owner of this factory, Praveen Nagesh Shinde alias Nagesh (34). Crime Branch sources said that the mastermind behind this drug factory is a big drug mafia of the country and police searching for him. 

Crime Branch Raids Irali Village

According to the information received from the Crime Branch, a raid was conducted in Irali village under the limits of Kavathe Mahakal Police Station in Sangli district and drugs worth Rs 254 crore were recovered from there. The police have also arrested total of six people. Praveen Shinde was running this factory. Shinde is originally from Sangli and has studied 10th from Uttar Pradesh. A police officer said that four years ago Shinde went to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and there he learned to make MD drugs.

Police Discovers Drug Factory; Accused Arrested, Seized Drugs Valued At Rs 1.22 Crore

A police officer said that when Shinde came back to Sangli after learning the method of making drugs, he bought land there. This land was in the Farm, in which there was a house in about half an acre and in this Shinde set up a lab to make drugs. The MD drugs seized from Shinde are of high quality. Shinde was running a drug factory here for the last 8 months and during this time he made about 1000 kg of drugs. A police officer said that Shinde gets Rs 1 lakh per drug and by selling the drugs seized by the police, Shinde was going to profit about Rs 1.22 crore. A total of 4 FIRs are registered against Shinde, out of which 3 are in Thane and one in Sangli.The accused arrested along with Shinde are Vasudev Laxman Jadhav (34), Prasad Balaso Mohite (24), Vikas Mahadev Malme (25), Avinash Mahadev Mali (28), and Laxman Balu Shinde (35). All of them are farmers and used to meet only when the drugs were to be made.

Search For Alleged Drug Mafia Leader

A Mumbai Police official said that there is a big drug mafia of India behind this drug factory and he is being searched for.On February 16, Unit 7 of Mumbai Crime Branch arrested female drug peddler Parveen Bano Ghulam Shaikh (33) while selling MD drugs.

Accused Identified & Arrested

Based on her information, the police arrested Sajid Mohammad Asif Shaikh alias Debas (25) from Mira Road. After interrogating these two accused, Ijaz Ali Imdad Ali Ansari (24) and Adil Imtiaz Bohra (22) were arrested from Surat. During interrogation of these four, it was revealed that there was a drug factory in Sangli.  DCP of Crime Branch, Datta Nalawade said that they used to work by forming a proper chain and everyone's work was divided.

Drugs were made in the Sangli lab and then brought to Mumbai using a proper chain method.DCP Nalawade said that further investigation is being done in this case in which arrest of more people is also possible.

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