The son of former Sami-Harij MLA Bhavsinh Rathod was Friday named as “mastermind” of a drug racket, a day after police seized 1,310kg ephedrine, a medicinal compound widely used as a substitute for cocaine, from a factory in Kanbha here. According to police, the drug haul worth Rs 270 crore in the international market.
Rathod’s son Kishore, once arrested in a fake currency case, is wanted by police along with at least four co-accused. Police said they were running an international drug trafficking racket.
The stock of ephedrine, seized by a joint team of Gujarat ATS and Detection of Crime Branch (DCB), Ahmedabad, was brought from a pharmaceutical factory at Solapur in Maharashtra for processing, said Deepan Bhadran, deputy commissioner of police, DCB.
J K Bhatt, joint commissioner of police, DCB, said: “After processing, it was to be used for making party drugs such as Glass, ICE and TINA. This was being done at the instance of Kishore, who is the main accused in the case. He held meetings with foreign drug smugglers in Dubai. The party drugs were to be smuggled to Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Poland and other countries.”
He said, “This is one of the biggest hauls of narcotics in the state.” The probe has been handed over the ATS.
According to police, the drugs were supposed to be sent to Goa in form of medicines and then exported to other nations and, also sent to various cities in the country.
Bhatt said police were monitoring the suspects for one-and-a-half months. On Thursday night, it raided a factory — MD Steel — at Vahelal in Kanbha area of Ahmedabad, and arrested one Narendra Kacha from the spot.
The place was allegedly hired by Kishore on a monthly rental of Rs 31,000. Police have also declared one Jay Mukhi, a man from Vadodara who now lives in Mumbai, and one Punit as co-accused in the case.
Police said the consignment of ephedrine was brought to Ahmedabad by Punit from the Solapur factory. Police said Kishore and Jay had visited Dubai where they held meetings with some “drug mafias” from Poland. The meeting was arranged by a Gujarati NRI, the added.