Mumbai, September 2
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Tuesday detained an alleged contraband supplier who has “links” with its probe within the medication trafficking case pertaining to the demise case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, officers mentioned.
The man, who has not been recognized, apprehended by the federal anti-narcotics company is known to be concerned within the provide of narcotics within the high-end celebration circles of Mumbai.
He is anticipated to be arrested by the NCB on Wednesday after his questioning gave the company sleuths some “vital leads” into the narcotics case registered towards Rajput’s live-partner Rhea Chakraborty and others, they mentioned.
The company final week arrested two males for alleged drug trafficking within the western metropolis and it’s understood that the leads towards the detained man got here after questioning them.
A particular NCB group from Delhi, headed by deputy director (operations) Okay P S Malhotra, is tenting within the metropolis to take ahead this probe. The group additionally consists of company officers from Mumbai and has been constituted by NCB Director General Rakesh Asthana.
The company filed a case below the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) after the Enforcement Directorate, additionally probing the demise case of the 34-year-old actor, shared with it a report after it cloned two cell phones of Rhea.
As per officers, the cell phone chats and messages indicated procurement and consumption of medicine and these leads had been shared by the ED with the NCB and the CBI.
The NCB, as a part of a linked operation, additionally seized about 3.5 kgs of bud or curated marijuana from international put up places of work in Delhi and Mumbai.
Officials mentioned the operation in Mumbai led them to a Goa-based man recognized as F Ahmed who works as a driver at a distinguished resort within the coastal state.
“Ahmed was supplying bud to some prominent receiver at Bangalore who has linkages with page 3 celebrities,” an NCB officer mentioned.
An intensive operation has been performed towards the unlawful import of curated marijuana (bud), which is primarily sourced from USA and Canada, and has large market demand in Mumbai, he mentioned.
While the seizure made in Delhi was destined for Mumbai, the one made in Mumbai was sourced from Canada and destined for Goa, the officer mentioned.
“The widespread use and demand of bud in Mumbai region has jacked up the prices in the grey market and it has huge pecuniary gains in the trafficking. The sourcing of the bud is primarily through the darknet and cryptocurrency which provides layers of anonymity to buyers and sellers,” the NCB officer mentioned.
In the Delhi seizure, he mentioned, the supply of the bud was discovered to be the US.
“The consignee of the contraband was based in Delhi but was misguided by his contact at Mumbai that some legal stuff was being procured from the US and it was to be collected by Mumbai-based persons, whose search is underway,” the officer mentioned. PTI