In two cases of drug seizure in South Mumbai on Wednesday and Thursday, the police arrested three men and seized drugs worth Rs 39 lakh.
Faizan Hasan Thakur (24) and Kamran Javed Sayyad (30), were arrested near the Islam Gymkhana late on Wednesday night. A total of 117 grams of mephedrone worth Rs 9.34 lakh was allegedly found in their possession. The police also seized two cell phones and Rs 22,547 from them. “Both men are unemployed and peddle drugs on Marine Drive after dark every day. They would move around on a motorbike so as to avoid suspicion. Their customers are well-off South Mumbai youngsters,” said an officer from Marine Drive police station.
The officer added that the police received complaints of drug peddling from locals. “Locals first brought to our attention that two men on a bike would ride from Chowpatty to Nariman Point, selling drugs to motorists. After verifying the information and the description of the men, we caught them,” he said.
The officer added that the accused would source the mephedrone from one Mohammad Rashid Balla who was arrested by the MRA Marg police station last month. Both men have been charged under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
In the second case, a 23-year-old man named Salim Mohammad Khan was held in Pydhonie on Thursday with 250 grams of amphetamine worth Rs 20 lakh. Khan, a Dongri native, had allegedly arrived at Surat Street in Masjid Bunder on Thursday to sell the drugs. “We had information that a man selling amphetamine would arrive at Surat Street at 10.25 am on Thursday. Khan is unemployed. We are making inquiries to establish where he purchased the drugs,” said Sub Inspector Ravindra Godse, Pydhonie police station.