Telangana: Hyderabad police nab four drug peddlers, seize 125 kg marijuana

The banned substance, worth ₹12 lakh, was kept in 50 packets each containing 2.5 kgs of dry ganja. They planned to take it to Pune and sell.

ByAjay Tomar

Published Jun 10, 2022 | 10:35 AM Updated Jul 25, 2022 | 4:41 PM

Cyberabad Metropolitan Police present the four suspects along with the seized 125 kg marijuana. (Supplied)

The Cyberabad Metropolitan Police on 8 June arrested four people suspected of peddling 125 kg of marijuana worth ₹12 lakh in Hyderabad.

The police identified the suspects as Amit Kamble (24), Madhukar Vasantha Chowan (44), and Rohit Kamble (22) from Pune in Maharashtra, and Siba Shanker Behera (31) from Bhubaneswar in Odisha.

This comes on the heels of a UP-bound 800 kg marijuana consignment being seized by the Cyberabad cops in the city last month.

The police had arrested two people — a truck driver and a cleaner — in that case.

The operation

In the latest case, the police said they had “credible information” about the transportation of marijuana.

“The three suspects from Maharashtra were waiting for the fourth one at Cable Chowrasta bus stop in Ashok Nagar in Mallapur in the Uppal mandal of the Medchal–Malkajgiri district. He was coming to hand them the dry ganja,” said a police officer from Uppal police station.

On searching the car, the cops found 50 packets of the substance in dried form. Each packet contained 2.5 kg of marijuana.

The police also seized ₹92,000 in cash and four mobile phones from the quartet.

The police added that the modus operandi of the suspects was to take the marijuana to Pune and sell it there at ₹10,000 per kg.

The suspects have been booked under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act of 1985.

The act prohibits cultivation, possession, sale, purchasing, transport, storage, and/or consumption of any narcotic substance.

Special drive against marijuana

The Telangana Police, in coordination with the Prohibition and Excise Department (P&ESI), launched in September last year a special drive against peddlers smuggling marijuana from various interstate borders.

“In some districts close to the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border, the police have been tracing ganja cultivation with the help of drones and destroying their crops,” said the police officer.

The Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) of the Andhra Pradesh Police burnt over 200 tonnes of marijuana worth ₹500 crore in the Visakhapatnam district in February this year.