The Maharashtra Anti- Terrorism squad seized 129 kg of Mephedrone worth over Rs 51 crore and arrested 5 people allegedly involved in the supply and production of this drug in Mumbai.
Mephedrone is a synthetic stimulant drug, known as ‘meow meow’ among various other code-names in peddlers’ street lingo.
Those arrested include Abdur Razzaque Shaikh, Irfan Shaikh, Suleman Shaikh, Naresh Maskar and Jitendra Pramath.
ATS Deputy Commissioner of Police Vikram Deshmane first arrested Abdur Razzaque Shaikh and Irfan Shaikh. “A search of the duo yielded 9 kg of mephedrone. Their interrogation led us to three more people from whom we seized 120 kg of the drug. The total value of the drug is Rs 51.6 crore. We also seized Rs 1.04 crore cash from them,” he said.
“Preliminary probe has revealed that the accused used advanced technology and high quality chemicals to produce mephedrone in large quantities. Searches are continuing at the factories where it is suspected that the drugs were being manufactured,” said Deshmane.
“This is a big network of the drug manufacturer and supplier. We are working on this case and hoping to get all the information,” he added.
The operation was led by Vikram Deshmane along with ACP Shripad Kale, Officer Sandeep Vishwasrao, Shailesh Salvi, Sandesh More and Vikas More.
The accused have been charged under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. With these arrests the ATS claimed to have shut down one of the biggest suppliers of Mephedrone in Mumbai.