A WORRYING fact about drugs being just a call away for Pune youths has come to light during the interrogation of two drug peddlers who have been arrested for alleged smuggling of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) ‘stamps’ by the Delhi Police.
The Delhi Police interrogation has revealed that the two men, who are originally from Himachal Pradesh, used to sell the drug to young party-goers from Pune through their distributors. The consignment that has been seized from them by the Delhi police also indicates that the drugs were to be smuggled to Thailand via Pune by air, suggesting that the city was being used as a smuggling node, the investigation has revealed.
The two peddlers – Khem Singh (34) and Hem Raj (35) – both from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, were arrested on the first day of the year by Delhi police and LSD strips worth over Rs 20 lakh were seized from them.
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The LSD, a very potent psychedelic drug, is popular among party-goers in the form of stamps, which are small pieces of blotting paper sheets on which the liquid LSD is spread. The papers are printed with different images that give them their name, which also signify the type and the strength of the dosage. An officer from Delhi police Narcotics cell said that the particular LSD papers seized from the two have a picture of the Dalai Lama, thus giving them the name Dalai Lama Strips – which are known to have double the normal dose of the drug.
The officer from the narcotics cell who did not wish to be named said, “We have observed that Pune has become a hub for sale of such drugs because it has a very large population of students, Information Technology professionals, corporates and foreigners. The two men used to make at least one or two trips to Pune and Mumbai every month and hand over the drugs to the second-line peddlers who further used to sell those stamps at parties with their prices ranging between Rs 7000 and 10,000 each. They have told us that they have been making these trips since the last seven to eight months at least.”
The approximate quantity of the LSD seized from the two is around 2.5 grams. Under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, the commercial quantity of the drug is 0.1 gram while the threshold dosage ranges between 20 and 30 micro grams, another officer from Delhi police’s narcotics cell added. The drug has severe effects on the thinking process and sense of time, smell and visuals.
The seizure was done by the Narcotics cell team of sub inspector Sumit Malik under supervision of ACP Ranbir Singh and DCP Rajan Bhagat.
Delhi police said that the two used to procure the contraband from an Israeli citizen in Himachal Pradesh and used to sell it in Pune, Mumbai and Delhi. “The surprising thing that emerged from their interrogation was that the consignment that we seized from the two was to be smuggled to Thailand by air via Pune in a connected flight. We have reasons to believe that Pune too is coming up as node for such smuggling.”
Though Pune city police’s Anti Narcotics Cell has seized small quantities of LSD in the past, they have not yet been able to make any seizure of LSD stamps. Inspector S B Navle, who is in-charge of the cell, accepts that they are yet to get any success in seizure of stamps.
“We have seized LSD drops in the past and we have information that stamps are sold in parties. We are working on inputs regarding it,” said Navle.