July 27, 2009 5:43:11 am
The Anti Narcotics Cell busted a rave party at a Colaba flat on Sunday and arrested 11 persons (later released on bail) including four women. A small quantity of cocaine was seized from the accused who were produced before the Esplanade Court and released on bail on a surety of Rs 5,000 each.
After we were tipped off about a rave party in South Mumbai we raided a ground-floor flat at Nazi Mansion,Colaba,at around 4.30 am on Sunday. We arrested seven men,who claimed to be businessmen,and four women who are suspected to be escorts. We also seized two gram of cocaine and five gram of hashish from them worth between Rs 30,000 and Rs 35,000 in the market, said deputy commissioner of police,Vishwas Nangre-Patil who also heads the Anti Narcotics Cell.
We contended that the arrested persons could be granted bail since the quantity of cocaine and other narcotics seized was small, said Ayaz Khan,defence counsel.
The accused have been booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act on charges of illegally possessing drugs. Blood and urine samples of the accused have been sent for tests,said ANC officials. According to our informers the drugs were supplied by a Juhu-based gang, said an official.
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All the accused are from Mumbai. We were unaware that women would be present in the party and were initially unsure of their identities else we would have booked the accused under Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act as well. The flat belongs to one of the accused who claims to be a trader, said an official.
The arrests come a week after nine youths were held for possession and consumption of drugs in Juhu.
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