Mumbai police seize 1,800 kg ganja smuggled from Odisha;2 heldPTI | Mumbai | Updated: 13-02-2021 14:42 IST | Created: 13-02-2021 14:42 IST
The Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) ofthe Mumbai crime branch has seized 1,800 kg ganja worth Rs 3.5crore which was being brought from Odisha and arrested twopersons in the biggest such operation in recent past, anofficial said on Saturday.
On a tip-off, police intercepted a truck at a FootOver Bridge (FOB) on the Eastern Express highway in suburbanVikhroli on Friday evening and found ganja, he said.
Milind Bharambe, Joint Commissioner of Police (crime),told reporters that the gang used to hire trucks from Mumbaiunder the guise of importing coconuts, but would actuallysmuggle in ganja.
''The empty trucks (from Maharashtra) used to taken upto a town located on the borders of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha,where another set of drivers and cleaners used to take charge.
These trucks used to proceed to Ganjam to bring ganja.
Meanwhile, the first set of drivers and cleaners used to restin a hotel. Their mobile phones kept switched off until thenew set of drivers replaced them,'' Bharambe said. ''(On return journey from Ganjam) the trucks used toreach Mumbai via Hyderabad, Solapur and Pune. Some consignmentof ganja used to be unloaded in Solapur and Pune,'' the policeofficer said.
Bharambe said at least 2.5 tonnes of marijuana used tobe smuggled to Maharashtra every 15 days.
The man responsible for distribution of the contrabandin Mumbai and neighbouring areas has been identified asSabdeep Satpute, he said, adding that money was moved eitherthrough hawala or in the form of cash.
A hunt is launched for Pradhan, Satpute and othermembers of the gang, said another official.
He said the ANC had seized various narcotics worth Rs15 crore in the last four months in 32 cases and arrested 65people.
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