NCB seizes Marijuana worth Rs 55L, two arrested

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NCB seizes Marijuana worth Rs 55L, two arrested

Monday, 19 October 2020 | TN RAGHUNATHA | Mumbai

Continuing its crackdown on the drug peddlers, a team of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Mumbai, has intercepted and seized a parcel containing 1.1 kgs of two places, including curated Marijuana at Lonavla, near Pune, and arrested two persons in connection with the seizure.

Acting on a tip-off, the NCB sleuths opened a postal parcel that had arrived from Canada, at the Lonavla and found 1.03 kg curated Marijuana. They later -- during a search carried at a flat (C4/701) Bhimashankar Co-Operative Housing Society at Nerul in Navi Mumbai --seized another 74 grams of curated Marijuana.

Following the seizure, the NCB officials arrested two persons --- Shrimay Paresh Shah (26) from Ahmedabad and Omkar Jaiprakash Tupe(28) from Navi Mumbai – in connection with the offence.

 “The source of seized contraband was Canada and destined for sale in Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The price of seized contraband in the international market is around Rs  50 lakh to Rs  55 lakh,” a senior NCB officer said.

The preliminary investigations have revealed that the sender had couriered the contraband by post to avoid detection. 

The NCB officials are trying to  ascertain  the identities of the persons to whom the contraband parcel was consigned to. More arrests are likely during the coming days.

The investigators have a reason to believe that the seized curated Marijuana was intended to be sold to potential customers in Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

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