Mumbai Police busts five including 2 collegians for LSD smuggling; payments made via Bitcoin
The Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of the city police on Wednesday seized LSD drug worth Rs 70 lakh from five persons, including an associate producer of a leading entertainment channel, all of whom were arrested from suburban Malad, an official said.
Mumbai: The Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of the city police on Wednesday seized LSD drug worth Rs 70 lakh from five persons, including an associate producer of a leading entertainment channel, all of whom were arrested from suburban Malad, an official said.
The consignment of drugs had been sent via courier from the USA by a friend of one of the accused, the official said.
The payments for the same were made through Bitcoins, a form of virtual currency, according to The Times of India. The government on Tuesday, according to The Times of India, said Bitcoin is not authorised by RBI and any transaction in it could result in the breach of anti-money laundering provisions.
The five arrested were identified as Arbaz Taj Mohammad Khan (20), Farhan Ali Khan (26), Adamya Samir Modi (22), Chirag Vishal Jain (24) and Lakshman alias Nikhil Rajan (24).
The Kandivali Unit of ANC laid a trap at Chincholi Bunder near Mind Space in Malad west and arrested them, police said.
During their search, police found 1,400 'microdots' of LSD from their possession and they were going to sell them to their possible customers, the official said.
Senior Police Inspector Sunil Mane of Kandivali unit told PTI, "LSD, a mood-changing drug is also known as 'acid', among others. It is sold in the form of small tablets ('microdots'), capsules or gelatin squares ('window panes') to youths in rave parties, pubs and high profile parties."
Adamya Modi is an associate producer in a leading entertainment channel, police said. According to The Times of India, two students have also been identified as Arbaz Khan, a first-year student of BMS and Chirag Jain, a TYBCom student. The others arrested are a real estate agent, Farhan Khan and a computer engineer, Laxman Rajan. Arbaz and Farhan are the main accused in this racket, an official said.
During their interrogation, it was revealed that Arbaz has been in the narcotics business since the last couple of years and his friend from the USA had supplied these microdots through courier, officials said.
According to the official, this is the largest seizure in recent few years by ANC Mumbai.
"All the accused were produced before the court today, which remanded them in police custody till April 3," Mane, who led the team under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner of Police (ANC) Shivdeep Lande, said.
With inputs from PTI
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