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Mumbai: Psychologist detained with hashish-laced brownies from Mazgaon

The anti-drug agency claimed 320 grams of opium along with Rs 1,72,000 cash was also recovered during a search of his Mazgaon house Monday.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: July 13, 2021 9:10:50 pm
DetainedConsulting psychologist Rahmeen Charaniya was detained and a 10-kg brownie cake containing hashish was allegedly seized (Representational image)

The Mumbai unit of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has detained a psychologist, Rahmeen Charaniya, and allegedly seized 10 kgs of brownie cake containing hashish, sold under name of “hash brownie”. The anti-drug agency claimed 320 grams of opium along with Rs 1,72,000 cash was also recovered during a search of his Mazgaon house Monday.

An official said Charaniya is practising as a consulting psychologist at a prominent hospital in south Mumbai and also operates a bakery for the last five-six years. He allegedly baked brownie cakes with a mixture of hashish and opium that he supplies to several clients in Mumbai’s party circuit, the official added.

Charaniya allegedly got habituated to hashish and started baking “hash brownies” after he was inspired by a popular show on narcotics on an OTT platform, the official claimed. The accused is also pursuing his PhD in psychology and does stand-up acts.

As per preliminary enquiry, a team of the Mumbai NCB had Tuesday intercepted one Ramzan Shaikh from Crawford market and seized 50 grams hashish from him. Charania allegedly purchased weed and hashish from Sheikh and other local peddlers, the official added. He made the “hash brownies” using hashish as an ingredient, both consumed for their psychoactive effects. Ingesting cannabis and hashish are some of the most powerful ways to abuse cannabis-based drugs and products.

In another operation, the Mumbai unit intercepted a Nigerian national Chukwu Emeka Ogboma and recovered an intermediate quantity of cocaine. The accused was involved in the illicit sale of cocaine at Nalasopara and nearby areas, an official said. He worked for a syndicate of members based in Nigeria (Africa) and delivered the drugs on the direction received from Nigeria, the official added.

The seized contraband is a part of a consignment sourced from South American countries, like Peru, Brazil and Chile. The NCB is now trying to bust the supply chain from abroad and trace the other syndicate members.

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