Pune Drug Bust: Devendra Fadnavis Commends Police Efforts, Says Unearth Complete Drug Syndicate And Not Spare Anyone

Pune Drug Bust: Devendra Fadnavis Commends Police Efforts, Says Unearth Complete Drug Syndicate And Not Spare Anyone

Police have seized 1100kg of the synthetic stimulant drug mephedrone, estimated to be worth more than Rs 2,000 crore, following raids in Pune district and New Delhi.

Aakash SinghUpdated: Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 04:22 PM IST
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Pune Drug Bust: Devendra Fadnavis Commends Police Efforts, Says Unearth Complete Drug Syndicate And Not Spare Anyone | ANI

Devendra Fadnavis, the Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister, commended the efforts of the Pune Police for their recent drug bust.

In a tweet, Fadnavis expressed his zero-tolerance approach to drugs and congratulated the Pune City Police for seizing MD drugs. He instructed them to work diligently and unearth the complete drug syndicate, emphasizing that no one involved should be spared. Fadnavis reiterated the goal of achieving a drug-free Maharashtra and extended his congratulations to the Commissioner of Pune City Police and the entire team for their successful operation.

Mephedrone worth Rs 2,000 crore seized in Pune

Police have seized 1100kg of the synthetic stimulant drug mephedrone, estimated to be worth more than Rs 2,000 crore, following raids in Pune district and New Delhi. Three persons arrested in connection with the biggest-ever drug seizure by the Pune police were booked under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS Act). Two other men are being questioned.

Pune Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar said 700kg of mephedrone (also known as MD) was seized from different locations in Pune district, including the Kurkumbh MIDC area on the city's outskirts, after the arrest of the trio on Sunday and their subsequent interrogation.

Based on inputs provided by the accused, Pune police on Tuesday evening seized another 400kg of mephedrone from two godown-like structures in South Delhi, he said.

Kumar said with this, the total seizure of the drug stood at a whopping 1100kg.

A police officer from the Pune crime branch said though the process of seizure was still going on, the value of the contraband was estimated to be more than Rs 2,000 crore.

He said preliminary investigations have revealed mephedrone was transported from the Kurkumbh MIDC-based units and stored at the godowns in New Delhi.

"We have already arrested three people who worked as couriers. Two more people have been apprehended, and their interrogation is ongoing," said the crime branch officer.

The officer said this was the biggest-ever drug recovery in Maharashtra by the Pune police and one of the largest seizures in the country.

"Investigations are going on a war footing. Upward and downward linkages are being probed, and our teams are working in close coordination with other agencies," Police Commissioner Kumar said earlier in the day.

Asked about the antecedents of the arrested accused, the IPS officer said they were primarily acting as "courier boys" and had some offences registered against them.

Asked if drug racketeer Lalit Patil was in any way related to the narcotics haul, he said as of now, no link has come to light.

Last year, Patil emerged as the kingpin of a drug racket that was busted by the police in Mumbai in a two-month-long operation, which included the seizure of mephedrone worth about Rs 300 crore and a raid at a drug manufacturing unit in Nashik. Patil had escaped from a government hospital in Pune but was later arrested.

Mephedrone, also known as 'meow meow,' is a synthetic stimulant and psychotropic substance banned under the NDPS Act.

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