The Mumbai police anti-narcotics unit (ANC) disclosed that it had detained three new suspects in association with a March drug case. ANC had recovered 709 kg of mephedrone from them, which is valued at $1,403 billion internationally. It, so far there is now a total of five arrests made in this case.
Datta Nalawade, Deputy Commissioner of Mumbai Police (ANC), stated about the bust at a news conference yesterday. He informed that “the ANC team has collected 701.740 kg of mephedrone. The net worth of the substance confiscated from the accused stands around Rs 1,403 crore. According to Nalawade, he finally discovered throughout the investigation that the primary suspect was producing the illegal substance all by himself.
As per the recent inputs by the police, two persons have already been detained on the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road in relation to the case that the ANC Worli section reported in March. His questioning led the cops to a location in Nallasopara from which the ANC on Wednesday recovered the mephedrone. Furthermore, The police are currently probing for the location where the accused used to cook the drug.
The culprit prepared compounds to create mephedrone by using his expertise in chemistry. He also created profiles under several names on social networking sites to conceal his identity, according to Nalawade.
“Wholesalers in the drug trade used to contact him for mephedrone and he was not selling the banned substance less than 25 kg in quantity. The accused person was using social media platforms, calling apps for drug peddling and supply.”
Earlier Investigation by Mumbai Police
The Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of the Mumbai crime branch conducted the search at the unit in Nalasopara (west) on Wednesday. It executed the operation in response to the specific intelligence received. Finally, they found the illicit substance that was going to be sold to drug dealers in Mumbai and the surrounding regions, an official said.
The input was given to the ANC’s Worli unit back in March of this year. Cops found out the information as a result of the capture of a drug dealer from the Mumbai neighborhood of Govandi. At that time, 250 grams of mephedrone were found on him. The police were looking for a lady after learning she was engaged in supplying the mephedrone during questioning. The lady and another person, who were detained later, and 2.760 kg of mephedrone were confiscated.
The lady was located on July 27 and taken into custody. As a consequence of her questioning, the other accused got into custody two days back on August 2. When the officials interrogated the four suspects individually, they learned that the miscreants had bought the narcotic from a fifth person. Through his interview process, the ANC authorities discovered that a greater number of people were participating in the unlawful business.
The Police were successful in detaining the fifth individual yesterday. And through questioning, the investigating officers further discovered that he was a graduate and had studied organic chemistry. According to ANC deputy commissioner of Mumbai police Datta Nalawade, he utilized his understanding of organic chemistry and skill to prepare mephedrone. Further, after preparation, he supplied it to their clients, who he reached out to via social media platforms.
What is Mephedrone?
Mephedrone is a stimulant drug which is also known as meph. It is often referred to as m-cat or “meow meow” or “MD.” Essentially, this indicates that the medicine accelerates the pace at which messages reach the brain. It comes under the category of other psychotropic drugs. They also have effects that are comparable to those of illegal substances like cocaine and ecstasy.
Mephedrone overdose may result in convulsions, respiratory arrest, and possibly death. It is a synthesized stimulant and psychoactive drug that is illegal under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
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