The journey of Vicky Goswami: From selling liquor in a dry Gujarat to becoming an international drug lord

The letter written by the US DEA to the Thane police this week, which has been accessed by The Indian Express, mentions Goswami, the now infamous international drug lord, as a crucial link to the investigation into the Ephedrine haul from Solapur.

Written by Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai | Updated: April 28, 2016 7:54:39 am

Growing up with his 15 siblings — 10 brothers and five sisters — in Ahmedabad, now 55-year-old Vijay ‘vicky’ Goswami, the son of a retired police officer from Gujarat, always had an affinity for all things illegal. He had, however, started small reportedly by selling liquor in the dry state of Gujarat.

“But soon, he graduated to supplying Methaqualone, popularly known as Mandrax, with the help of a friend who was a chemistry whiz, starting at the local level before supplying the party drug on an international scale,” said an officer from the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

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The letter written by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to the Thane police this week, which has been accessed by The Indian Express, mentions Goswami, the now infamous international drug lord, as a crucial link to the investigation into the Ephedrine haul from Solapur.

The letter states that Goswami’s network supplies Meth to the US and that four men, who have been arrested in connection with the drug bust, had visited him in January. The Thane Police said that are investigating the case further and may name Goswami as an accused and issue a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against him if need be.

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“Goswami had gotten in touch with anti-social elements in Vapi, Valsad and Mehsana and was supplying Mandrax to parties at a local level. It was suspected that the drugs supplied to the Mumbai party circuit too came through his network. If I remember well, the first drug related case was registered against him in Vapi,” the officer said.

After things became too hot to handle in Gujarat, Goswami shifted base to Dubai.

Once in Dubai, he was reportedly in touch with the likes of Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Rajan – who were then working together, Chhota Shakeel and Abu Salem. “They worked together for some years before there was a fallout,” the officer said. “As a result of the fallout with the big underworld names, an attack had been orchestrated at Goswami’s Ahmedabad house a few years ago,” the officer said.

Goswami then started to operate out of Africa and set up his business in countries such as Zambia.

Known for his fondness for Bollywood movies, Goswami was often seen hobnobbing with celebrities from the tinseltown. It was during this phase when he was known to have being partying with the celebrities that he met former Bollywood starlet Mamta Kulkarni, following which the duo were rumoured to be in a relationship.

In 1997, however, Vicky was arrested by the Dubai Police and sentenced to life imprisonment. But after he spent nearly 16 years in the prison, he was let off in 2012.

Upon his release from the Dubai prison, Goswami and Kulkarni reportedly moved to Kenya, where Vicky was arrested again and subsequently let off on bail. While there were reports that he had converted to Islam and married Mamta Kulkarni, the actress has always maintained that it is but rumour.

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